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

Definition of sorbet

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

Examples of sorbet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Delivered in sorbet colors and shimmering textures, her separates have a cheerful, lighthearted quality, but the nods to Grenadian culture add another layer of enjoyment. Vogue, "How a New Generation of American Fashion Talent Is Meeting the Moment," 26 Oct. 2020 Composed of fresh tangerine juice and a small amount of sugar, the sorbet mixture needs a bit of alcohol to keep it from freezing solid. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "A January dinner party that doesn’t deprive," 10 Jan. 2020 Keenan Boyle told me); vegan eats from Peach & Pine Cafe, whose plans to open a storefront nearby were waylaid by the pandemic; and fresh sorbet and vegan ice cream from Fete Desserts. Washington Post, "How distillery owners are finding creative ways to stay in the game during the pandemic," 4 Sep. 2020 Happy Ice serves vegan water ice, which is a Philadelphia slushie/sorbet-like treat. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "South/East County Happenings, Aug. 27," 27 Aug. 2020 The small portion is about $4.75 for a bowl of either ice cream or sorbet. cleveland, "Northeast Ohio’s best ice cream stands in seven counties: Yelp/ rankings," 19 Aug. 2020 Even people who may skip dessert can manage a bowl of fruit sorbet. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "A January dinner party that doesn’t deprive," 10 Jan. 2020 Nothing beats the South Texas heat like a cool scoop or two of ice cream, frozen yogurt or fruity sorbet. Paul Stephen,, "No ice cream maker required to cool off with these DIY frozen desserts this summer," 24 June 2020 No milk is provided in the kit, but there's a sorbet option, so vegans craving savory sweets aren't left out. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Ketchup-flavored ice cream? Heinz sells kits that turn savory sauces into frozen treats," 10 July 2020

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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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2 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sorbet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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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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