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

Related Words for sherbet

sorbet, ice, gelato

Examples from the Web for sherbet

Contemporary Examples of sherbet

  • But the beauty of it is that it has the best qualities of both desserts: creamy like a sherbet, refreshing like a sorbet.

    The Daily Beast logo
    What to Eat

    August 11, 2009

Historical Examples of sherbet

  • "Impossible," he said, dabbing at sherbet spots on his trousers.

    A Fine Fix

    R. C. Noll

  • And now do you suppose I can get you a cup of coffee or a sherbet?

    Jewel Weed

    Alice Ames Winter

  • Syrup, shrub, and sherbet, all originate from the same word.

  • Their best drink was "coffa" and sherbet, which is only honey and water.

    Captain John Smith

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • We will have a sherbet together, and after that we will eat.

British Dictionary definitions for sherbet



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for sherbet

c.1600, zerbet, "drink made from diluted fruit juice and sugar," and cooled with fresh snow when possible, from Turkish serbet, from Persian sharbat, from Arabic sharba(t) "a drink," from shariba "he drank." Formerly also sherbert.Related to syrup, and cf. sorbet.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper