American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A frozen dessert made primarily of fruit juice, sugar, and water, and also containing milk, egg white, or gelatin.
- n. Chiefly British A beverage made of sweetened diluted fruit juice.
- n. Australian An alcoholic beverage, especially beer.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A favorite cooling drink of the East, made of fruit-juices diluted with water, and variously sweetened and flarvored. It is cooled with snow when this can be procured.
- n. A water-ice, variously flavored.
- n. A food of frozen fruit juice with a dairy product such as milk added; a sorbet with dairy ingredients.
- n. A powder made of bicarbonate of soda, sugar and flavourings, intended to be eaten alone or mixed with water to make a drink.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A refreshing drink, common in the East, made of the juice of some fruit, diluted, sweetened, and flavored in various ways
- n. A flavored water ice.
- n. A preparation of bicarbonate of soda, tartaric acid, sugar, etc., variously flavored, for making an effervescing drink; -- called also
- n. a frozen dessert made primarily of fruit juice and sugar, but also containing milk or egg-white or gelatin
- Turkish şerbet, from Persian شربت (šarbat), from Arabic شربة (shárba). (Wiktionary)
- Ottoman Turkish, sweet fruit drink, from Persian sharbat, from Arabic šarba, drink, from šariba, to drink; see śrb in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“His relationship with Imam Abu Hanifah was quite complex; and he later had him arrested, and had him killed by poisoned sherbet the word sherbet is from the Arabic word sharabat--beverages according to some accounts.”
“The sherbet is good; she has mixed it so that the tartness of the fruit still tells beneath the syrup. next »”
“However, this sherbet is so good that, in my opinion, it is worth enjoying more than once a year.”
“This piece featured pretty partnering by men in breeches and women in short sherbet-green tutus, but ultimately it seemed to be about the women in California Ballet and about the company's future.”
“It seemed too creamy to be called sherbet, but chef/co-owner Veronica Laramie explained that if it contains dairy and eggs, it's ice cream; if it contains dairy and no eggs, it's sherbet.”
“I know "sherbert" is a colloquialism, but it is spelled "sherbet"--the other spelling isn't recognized at all by the OED or the spellchecker on this site.”
“Traditional sherbet, which is Arabic in origin, is a frozen mixture of sweetened fruit juice and water and occasionally, wine.”
“PINE SHERBET FOUNTAIN: Madman explained to me that this is modeled on a penny candy in the UK called sherbet fountain, not unlike American Fun Dip.”
“Their best drink was "coffa" and sherbet, which is only honey and water.”
“The dinner consisted of pillaos of mutton and rice, bread, and sugar sherbet, that is, eau sucrée; and the rule was, that each person, having eaten to repletion, was to depart by another gate.”
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