sherbet


sherbet
/sherr"bit/, n.
1. a frozen fruit-flavored mixture, similar to an ice, but with milk, egg white, or gelatin added.
2. Brit. a drink made of sweetened fruit juice diluted with water and ice.
3. a frozen fruit or vegetable purée, served either between courses to cleanse the palate or as a dessert.
[1595-1605; < Turk < Pers sharbat < Ar sharbah a drink]

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▪ frozen dessert
 frozen dessert usually flavoured with fruit, made from water, sugar, flavourings, and milk or cream. Egg white or gelatin may be added to ensure a fine texture. Sherbets may also be flavoured with wine or liqueurs. By U.S. federal regulation, sherbets must contain a minimum of 1 percent and a maximum of 2 percent butterfat. Water ice, called in French sorbet and in Italian granita, is similar to sherbet but contains no dairy ingredients.

      The word sherbet derives from the Persian sharbat, an iced fruit drink; iced desserts were introduced to the West via the Middle East. In the late 20th century there was a revival of the practice of serving a tart sherbet or sorbet between the courses of an elaborate meal to refresh the palate.

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  • Sherbet — Sher bet, n. [Ar. sherbet, shorbet, sharbat, properly, one drink or sip, a draught, beverage, from shariba to drink. Cf. {Sorbet}, {Sirup}, {Shrub} a drink.] 1. A refreshing drink, common in the East, made of the juice of some fruit, diluted,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sherbet — (n.) c.1600, zerbet, drink made from diluted fruit juice and sugar, from Turk. serbet, from Pers. sharbat, from Arabic sharba(t) a drink, from shariba he drank. Related to SYRUP (Cf. syrup) …   Etymology dictionary

  • sherbet — ► NOUN 1) Brit. a flavoured sweet fizzing powder eaten alone or made into a drink. 2) (especially in Arab countries) a drink of sweet diluted fruit juices. 3) N. Amer. water ice; sorbet. 4) Austral. humorous beer. ORIGIN Arabic, drink ; related… …   English terms dictionary

  • sherbet — or sherbert [shʉr′bərtshʉr′bət] n. [Turk ṣerbet < Ar sharba(t), a drink, var. of sharāb: see SYRUP] 1. Brit. a beverage, originally from Asia, made of watered fruit juice and sugar and served cold 2. a frozen dessert like an ice but with… …   English World dictionary

  • Sherbet — Şerbet (Turkish) (Soda powder; Etymology: Turkish Persian; Turkish şerbet, from Persian Urdu شربت,Hindi sharbat, from Arabic sharba drink) (British and American English) historically was a cool effervescent or iced fruit soft drink. The meaning,… …   Wikipedia

  • sherbet — sher·bet (shûr’bĭt) n. 1) also sher·bert ( bûrt′) A frozen dessert made mainly of fruit juice or fruit purée, usually with sugar and milk or cream. 2) Chiefly British A usually fruit flavored effervescent powder, eaten as candy or made into a… …   Word Histories

  • sherbet — [[t]ʃɜ͟ː(r)bət[/t]] sherbets 1) N UNCOUNT: oft N n Sherbet is a sweet dry powder that tastes fizzy and is eaten as a sweet. [BRIT] ...sherbet dips. 2) N VAR Sherbet is like ice cream but made with fruit juice, sugar, and water. [AM] ...lemon… …   English dictionary

  • sherbet — [17] Like syrup, sherbet goes back ultimately to the Arabic verb shariba ‘drink’, whose initial /shr/ sound was originally imitative of the sound of noisy drinking or slurping. From it was derived the noun sharbah, whose plural sharbāt passed… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • sherbet — [17] Like syrup, sherbet goes back ultimately to the Arabic verb shariba ‘drink’, whose initial /shr/ sound was originally imitative of the sound of noisy drinking or slurping. From it was derived the noun sharbah, whose plural sharbāt passed… …   Word origins

  • sherbet — UK [ˈʃɜː(r)bət] / US [ˈʃɜrbət] noun Word forms sherbet : singular sherbet plural sherbets 1) [uncountable] British powder with a fizzy taste that is eaten as a sweet 2) [countable/uncountable] American a sorbet …   English dictionary


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