sor·​bet sȯr-ˈbā How to pronounce sorbet (audio)
 also  ˈsȯr-bət
: 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 Cherry Rosé Float Place two scoops of cherry sorbet in a champagne flute. Kate Ramos, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 May 2024 Our favorite feature, though, is the range of fun colors: pink sorbet, crystal mint, and blue couture. Nor'adila Hepburn, Southern Living, 25 Apr. 2024 Ice cream, frozen custard, sorbet:Must-try flavors, according to 12 metro Detroit shops Bombshell Treat Bar got its start in 2020, shortly after the pandemic. Kylie Martin, Detroit Free Press, 17 Apr. 2024 Both sorbet and ice cream came out with a thick, creamy consistency. Laura Denby, Peoplemag, 28 Mar. 2024 Also on offer was the trou normand, or Norman hole—a shot of Calvados served over apple sorbet, which is said to counteract the sensation of a full stomach. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 The ice cream and sorbet were dense and creamy, without being runny or crystallized. Laura Denby, Peoplemag, 28 Mar. 2024 Chalk is a vegan lemon and almond sorbet with blended almonds. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Mar. 2024 Talenti: The gelato and sorbet maker, founded in Dallas in 2003, became part of Unilever in 2014. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sorbet was in 1864

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Cite this Entry

“Sorbet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


sor·​bet sȯr-ˈbā How to pronounce sorbet (audio)
: a fruit-flavored ice served especially as a dessert
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