[ shur-bit ]
/ ˈʃɜr bɪt /


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

Can be confused

ice cream sherbet sorbet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sherbert

British Dictionary definitions for sherbert


/ (ˈʃɜːbət) /


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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