sor·​bet | \ sȯr-ˈbā also ˈsȯr-bət \

Definition of sorbet

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

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The chocolate sorbet was as sweet and satisfying as the sight of the sun setting over the ocean. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disney’s Hawiian resort Aulani offers a melting pot of dining options," 8 June 2018 However the desserts, the same on both visits, were exceptional, starting with blood orange sorbet with a marshmallow center and coated with paper-thin yellow and pink wafers flavored with lemon curd and hibiscus. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why the restaurant Coi won’t be on this year’s Top 100 Restaurants list," 17 Apr. 2018 For dessert, there are light sorbets with Japanese flavors like yuzu. Melinda Joe, Condé Nast Traveler, "22 Best Places for Sushi in Tokyo," 27 Feb. 2018 Served in a large martini glass, the sundae includes dark chocolate brownies covered in 24-karat gold, and a special sorbet created from Don Perignon rose champagne. Fox News, "The world's most expensive ice cream and frozen treats," 3 Aug. 2016 Grey Goose vodka 1 oz. chamomile syrup 1 tsp each orange and ginger sorbetsRose water ice ball Garnish with dried red rose Prato is the bar manager of the Cloister Bar at Belmond Villa San Michele in Fiesole, Italy. Roberto Prato, ELLE Decor, "Designer Cocktail: La Primavera," 14 Sep. 2018 The niçoise was served and cleared, the sorbet was served and cleared, as were coffee and tea, all without tragedy. Jonathan Reynolds, Town & Country, "At Your Service," 11 July 2014 Repeat with remaining ladyfingers and sorbet, arranging in single layer over cream. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Lemon Mascarpone Parfaits," 27 July 2018 After chilling thoroughly in the refrigerator, the soup is served elegantly in bowls with a small scoop of coconut sorbet and a shower of fresh mint. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "This dessert could be cooler than ice cream on a hot day," 3 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of sorbet

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

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