sher·​bet | \ˈshər-bət \
variants: or less commonly sherbert \ˈshər-​bərt \

Definition of sherbet 

1 : a cold drink of sweetened and diluted fruit juice

2 : an ice with milk, egg white, or gelatin added

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Cassius’s palette exists in muted tones of beiges, browns, greens, maroons, limes, lemon sherbets. Samantha Powell, The Cut, "Sorry to Bother You’s Costume Designer on Dressing Tessa Thompson," 10 July 2018 To behold this world, invisible to the naked human eye but dazzlingly amplified on the screen, is marvelously transporting: Who hasn’t dreamed of swimming in rainbow sherbet? Justin Chang,, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp' is a bright, cheery tonic from the Marvel superhero factory," 27 June 2018 The most popular brews include juicy, low-bitterness IPAs and fruity sherbet sours. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "Purple beer helps this Ann Arbor brewery draw national attention," 31 May 2018 The spark ignites in Jennifer Schriever’s lighting design, which makes sherbet orange and indigo radiate seemingly from the Angel herself, joining Faridany’s mellifluous voice, which charges every tone with a phalanx of heavenly grace notes. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Berkeley Rep revives ‘Angels in America,’ in all its soaring spirit," 29 Apr. 2018 The grocery store chain reports no injuries have been reported related to the ice cream and sherbets. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "H-E-B issues voluntary recall for certain types of ice cream, sherbet," 30 May 2018 That drink is made with sweet vermouth, Campari, and orange sherbet, then topped with sparkling wine and garnished with an orange twist, said Jefferson Oatts, beverage manager for the Schulson Collective restaurant group. Allison Steele,, "Cocktails for all-day (and all-night) drinking sessions," 23 May 2018 Escada's take in sherbet green was made for Kim Basinger's Oscars turn the year before. Leanne Italie,, "Oscars fashion through the years: The great and the puzzling," 22 Feb. 2018 Rest the sherbet at room temperature for a few minutes to soften slightly, and serve at once. Adam Ried,, "Recipes: Banish winter with a chicken-pesto dinner tart, salad, and dessert," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sherbet

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sherbet

Turkish & Persian; Turkish şerbet, from Persian sharbat, from Arabic sharba drink

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English Language Learners Definition of sherbet

: a frozen sweet dessert made from fruit or fruit juices

: a sweet powder used to make a bubbly drink or eaten by itself


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Kids Definition of sherbet

: a frozen dessert made of sweetened fruit juice and milk

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