Definition of sorbet in English:



  • 1A dessert consisting of frozen fruit juice or flavored water and sugar.

    • ‘For the mango sorbet: In a saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a boil.’
    • ‘It was followed, oddly, by a very average passion fruit sorbet.’
    • ‘It was only a small cup- less than the amount of a shot glass- and some of it was sorbet, but it was kind of exciting for them.’
    • ‘If you can't resist dessert, though, choose fresh fruit, gelatin, sorbet, sherbet, fruit ice, meringues or plain cake with fruit purée.’
    • ‘A big wedge is served with lemon sauce and passion fruit sorbet.’
    • ‘Dessert lovers haven't been left out in the cold, either - there's premium ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt.’
    • ‘Dessert was prickly pear sorbet with raspberry sauce and mint leaves.’
    • ‘Everything at Ortanique, from chicken skewers off the bar menu to sides of avocado salsa to sorbet desserts, is plated intelligently and artfully.’
    • ‘I settled on the pear and the waiter suggested he bring a little elderflower sorbet on the side.’
    • ‘If you tried the slab-and-paddle maneuver using fat-free sorbet, the sad truth is that you would wind up with wet cookie crumbs swimming in a puddle of flavored sugar water.’
    • ‘Low-fat means sorbet, ices, frozen yogurt, sherbet, or low-fat ice cream.’
    • ‘It's composed on the spot, and consisted of a glass of fruit sorbet, bubbles, and bland creamy foam on the two occasions I ordered it.’
    • ‘There's must-have chocolate, sugared cookies, even splashy sips of champagne or sparkling fruit juice over teensy scoops of sorbet.’
    • ‘I just about had room for a very tasty lemon sorbet for dessert, but Karin had to face the disappointment of ordering tiramisu just seconds after the last piece had been sold to a diner at another table.’
    • ‘Top with a scoop of blackberry tea sorbet and butternut squash drips.’
    • ‘The study's results show flavor diversity among product categories including milk, yogurt, cheese, ice cream, sorbet and frozen novelties.’
    • ‘The sweet and tangy fruit sorbet cleanses the palate so your taste buds are ready to appreciate the next dish.’
    • ‘Remove the yogurt sandwiches and mint sorbet from freezer and stand at room temperature for two minutes.’
    • ‘Silky mango sorbet can ease the passage, or a crackle-crusted fried-pudding dessert that comes on like some splendid, eccentric moon cake.’
    • ‘For dessert you can make a fabulous tangerine sorbet using the juice and peel.’
    ice cream
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    1. 1.1archaic An Arabian sherbet.
      • ‘That's right, sherbets and sorbets originally were drinks made from sweetened fruit juice.’


Late 16th century: from French, from Italian sorbetto, from Turkish şerbet, based on Arabic šariba to drink; compare with sherbet.