sher·​bet | \ ˈshər-bət How to pronounce sherbet (audio) \
variants: or less commonly sherbert \ ˈshər-​bərt How to pronounce sherbet (audio) \

Definition of sherbet

1 : a cold drink of sweetened and diluted fruit juice
2 : an ice with milk, egg white, or gelatin added

Examples of sherbet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Mughal emperor Humayun chilled summer fruit juice into a frozen sherbet in the mid-1500s. Tulasi Srinivas, CNN, "The 'clink clink" of your New Year's Eve toast has an icy backstory," 31 Dec. 2020 This two-for-the-price-of-one staple adds just the right amount of richness and sweetness to my Thai tea, turning the tinted brew a delightful orange sherbet color when added. Washington Post, "Why you’ll always find sweetened condensed milk in my kitchen (or mouth)," 24 Dec. 2020 The Mughal emperor Humayun chilled summer fruit juice into a frozen sherbet in the mid-1500s. Tulasi Srinivas, The Conversation, "The icy backstory to that ‘clink clink’ you’ll hear when raising a toast to the end of 2020," 23 Dec. 2020 Poppy died early last year of an infection related to an aneurysm surgery, months after his appetite slowed to sherbet and an occasional egg. Taylor Goebel, USA TODAY, "My brother has daily seizures. COVID-19 restrictions are making him sicker.," 29 Nov. 2020 Chanel might be known for its Parisienne chic, though Lily-Rose Depp brought a little All-American charm to Virginie Viard’s front row in her sherbet tone bouclé jacket, floral tube top, and matching denim. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Week, the Best-Dressed Stars Went Green and Glamorous," 12 Oct. 2020 There is a definite sherbet bent to this flavor, which is more raspberry sweet than pomegranate tart. cleveland, "Ranking 10 Stricklands Frozen Custard flavors, including the best vanilla we had at 5 local chains," 6 Aug. 2020 The original shop in the Beverly neighborhood remains open for takeout cones, cups and cakes in the iconic rainbow cone fab five flavors: chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House (vanilla with walnuts and cherries), pistachio and orange sherbet. Louisa Chu,, "How Chicago restaurants are adapting to draw you back in: When a multi-course sit-down French menu no longer works, it’s time to pivot," 4 Aug. 2020 Customers stroll out of Three Scoops Premium Ice Cream with cups filled with their favorite flavors of happiness, like watermelon sherbet or cotton candy. al, "Battling systemic racism, COVID-19, Alabama’s Black business owners see surge of support," 23 June 2020

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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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The first known use of sherbet was in 1603

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17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Sherbet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sherbet

US : a frozen sweet dessert made from fruit or fruit juices
British : a sweet powder used to make a bubbly drink or eaten by itself


sher·​bet | \ ˈshər-bət How to pronounce sherbet (audio) \

Kids Definition of sherbet

: a frozen dessert made of sweetened fruit juice and milk

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