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sherbet

[ shur-bit ]
/ ˈʃɜr bɪt /
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noun

Sometimes sher·bert [shur-burt] /ˈʃɜr bɜrt/ . a frozen dessert made with sweetened fruit juice or purée, typically containing milk or cream, with egg white or gelatin often added.
a traditional Middle Eastern drink made of sweetened fruit juice diluted with water and ice.
Chiefly British. a sweetened powder moistened in the mouth and eaten as a fizzy confection or mixed with water to make a fizzy drink.

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Origin of sherbet

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Turkish şerbet, from Persian sharbat, from Arabic sharbah “a drink,” from shariba “to drink”

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sherbet

ice cream, sherbet , sorbet
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British Dictionary definitions for sherbet

sherbet
/ (ˈʃɜːbət) /

noun

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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