- a frozen fruit-flavored mixture, similar to an ice, but with milk, egg white, or gelatin added.
- British. a drink made of sweetened fruit juice diluted with water and ice.
- a frozen fruit or vegetable purée, served either between courses to cleanse the palate or as a dessert.
Origin of sherbet
1595–1605; < Turkish < Persian sharbat < Arabic sharbah a drink
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Contemporary Examples of sherbert
Sherbert was a landmark decision of the liberal Warren Court.
Two years later, in 1963, the Supreme Court stepped through that door in Sherbert v. Verner.
Historical Examples of sherbert
- a fruit-flavoured slightly effervescent powder, eaten as a sweet or used to make a drinklemon sherbet
- US and Canadian a water ice made from fruit juice, egg whites, milk, etcAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): sorbet
- Australian slang beer
- a cooling Oriental drink of sweetened fruit juice
- Southern African informal a euphemistic word for shit taboo
Word Origin for sherbet
C17: from Turkish şerbet, from Persian sharbat, from Arabic sharbah drink, from shariba to drink
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Word Origin and History for sherbert
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