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[sawr-bit, sawr-bey; French sawr-be] /ˈsɔr bɪt, sɔrˈbeɪ; French sɔrˈbɛ/
sherbet (defs 1, 3).
Origin of sorbet
1575-85; < French < Italian sorbetto < Turkish şerbet cool drink ≪ Arabic; see sherbet
Can be confused
ice cream, sherbet, sorbet. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sorbet
Contemporary Examples
  • The sorbet was tangy and was a tad tart while in the main course the pepper in the yam croquette brought it to life.

    What Harry Ate Tom Sykes March 15, 2012
  • But the beauty of it is that it has the best qualities of both desserts: creamy like a sherbet, refreshing like a sorbet.

    What to Eat August 11, 2009
Historical Examples
  • sorbet should not freeze hard; it should be a creamy liquid and ice cold.

    Desserts and Salads Gesine Lemcke
  • And now the sorbet cools our throats and leads us up to the game.

    The Art of Entertaining

    M. E. W. Sherwood
  • For a sorbet, add a meringue made of the beaten white of egg and sugar to the partially frozen ice.

  • Freeze, and serve in sorbet glasses, with Eau de Vie de Dantzig on top.

  • Outside, by the cracked pool, it was coming on slow twilight and that magic, tropical blood-orange sky like a swirl of sorbet.


    Cory Doctorow
  • A sorbet made of the ripe fruit whets the appetite and the pulp is used locally for bites of venomous animals.

  • sorbet is a mixture of flavors prepared as for water ices or a frozen punch.

    Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book Mary A. Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for sorbet


/ˈsɔːbeɪ; -bɪt/
a water ice made from fruit juice, egg whites, milk, etc
a US word for sherbet (sense 2)
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Old Italian sorbetto, from Turkish şerbet, from Arabic sharbah a drink
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sorbet

1580s, "cooling drink of fruit juice and water," from French sorbet (16c.), probably from Italian sorbetto, from Turkish serbet (see sherbet). Perhaps influenced in form by Italian sorbire "to sip." Meaning "semi-liquid water ice as a dessert" first recorded 1864.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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