sor·​bet | \ sȯr-ˈbā also ˈsȯr-bət How to pronounce sorbet (audio) \

Definition of sorbet

: a usually fruit-flavored ice served as a dessert or between courses as a palate refresher

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Wind down on Pub Street, Siem Reap’s center of cool, for a hearty lunch at French bakery and café Blue Pumpkin, a large, sunny joint known for cakes, sorbets, and ice creams. Kareena Gianani, National Geographic, "Explore Cambodia’s ancient stone city," 10 Sep. 2019 Sometimes it’s strawberry sorbet and labneh gelato. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "ICYMI: Superiority Burger’s Gelato and Sorbet Are the Only Ones That Matter in NYC," 5 Sep. 2019 Expect beef pho kolaches, Morita pepper and mango sorbet and creative croissants including two made with chips: a croissant topped with the Hot Cheetos and a Ruffles croissant filled with sour cream and onion dip. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Former 'Top Chef: Just Desserts' contestant to open Koffeteria cafe and bakery in East downtown," 23 Aug. 2019 Because sorbet served between courses is considered a palate cleanser, portions are meant to be small. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Wine snobs don’t want to share," 24 July 2019 Think lemon trees, poolside limoncello sorbet, and free-flowing Aperol Spritzes. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "10 Best Places to Drink Aperol Spritzes This Summer," 3 July 2019 Milk shakes as well as mango and watermelon sorbets also beckoned on the shop’s Facebook page. Phillip Valys,, "Notorious Creamery ice cream shop from rapper Tory Lanez opening June 15 in Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village," 11 June 2019 One scoop of El Sin Rival sorbets cost $3 and comes with a barquillo and jalea. Karla Vasquez, Los Angeles Times, "This sorbet from El Salvador is ‘without rival’," 15 Sep. 2019 Order the raspberry sorbet, vanilla bean ice cream or the creme brulee for a complete birthday freebie. Emily Sabens, Indianapolis Star, "Here are 50 places in Indianapolis that give you free food on your birthday," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sorbet

1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sorbet

French, from Middle French, sweetened fruit juice, from Old Italian sorbetto, from Turkish şerbet — more at sherbet

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The first known use of sorbet was in 1864

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English Language Learners Definition of sorbet

: a frozen sweet dessert that is made usually from fruit or fruit juices

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