Main definitions of sorb in English

: sorb1Sorb2

sorb1

noun

  • The fruit of the true service tree.

    • ‘Sorb apple berries contain large amounts of malic acid that aid water retention.’

Origin

Early 16th century: from French sorbe or Latin sorbus ‘service tree’, sorbum ‘serviceberry’.

Pronunciation

sorb

/sɔrb//sôrb/

Main definitions of sorb in English

: sorb1Sorb2

Sorb2

noun

  • A member of a Slavic people living in parts of southeastern Brandenburg and eastern Saxony.

    Also called Wend
    • ‘There were his own wishes both to find a ministerial post in Lusatia to serve Sorbs in their common language and to find a wife.’
    • ‘Sorbs were repeatedly forbidden to use their own language.’
    • ‘Wend tends to have a pejorative ring, especially in Eastern Germany, and today in all scholarly literature in Europe the word Sorb is preferred to Wend.’
    • ‘The Slovaks and the Wends/Sorbs are the only two Lutheran Slavic groups to immigrate to America, and their numbers were not large.’

Origin

From German Sorbe.

Pronunciation

Sorb

/sɔrb//sôrb/