from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A frozen dessert similar to a frappé, usually made from fruit juice and having a mushy consistency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Frozen fruit juice, sometimes mixed with egg whites, used as dessert or between courses of a meal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of beverage; sherbet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Sherbet; also, water-ice of any kind; especially, a water-ice which is not very hard frozen, so that it remains semi-liquid; also, water-ice flavored with rum, kirschwasser, or the like, as distinguished from that made without spirit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an ice containing no milk but having a mushy consistency; usually made from fruit juice


French, from Ottoman Turkish sherbet, sweet fruit drink; see sherbet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French sorbet, from Middle French, from Old Italian sorbetto, from Turkish şerbet, from Arabic شربة ("drink"). (Wiktionary)



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  • It IS heavenly, I'd say. Peach sorbet--even better, depending on your tastes. :-)

    February 16, 2007

  • Good times, y'all, good times. Seriously though, I should find some sorbet and try it because, come to think of it, I've never had it before. And depending on the fruit it's made with, it sounds pretty tasty. Watermelon sounds heavenly.

    February 16, 2007

  • (Chained Bear walks in late, quickly sizes up the situation.)

    .... Yeah! What Reesetee said!

    Uh... happy birthday, uselessness.

    February 16, 2007

  • Fine. Keep looking, but you know you'll never find it. You know we're the best. Admit it. We are.

    February 16, 2007

  • Chocolate birthday cake?
    Fruit and water?
    No thanks.

    Happiness isn't good enough for me! I demand euphoria!

    I guess I'll just have to look somewhere else to have my birthday dreams fulfilled... you guys are dull.

    February 16, 2007

  • Oh, SURE! Anything to make your birthday the Best Ever! As long as it's chocolate. Can't have any birthday cake but chocolate. Nope. Just wouldn't do. Chocolate it is.

    Did I say chocolate?

    I'll have it in the mail tomorrow. Look for an exceedingly large FEDEX envelope (sheet cake, you know, to feed all those guests). You're on your own with the ice cream. Or sherbet. Or sorbet.

    February 16, 2007

  • Are you volunteering, reesetee? What a loving, supportive web site I've found! This is going to be the Best Birthday Ever!!

    February 16, 2007

  • Sheesh. Maybe a birthday cake? ;-)

    February 16, 2007

  • Well, now, sherbet is harder to make, see. If you're going to insist, I'll just have to bow out, and/or find some other spectacular method of marking the anniversary of your entry into this vast, wordful world. ;)

    February 16, 2007

  • Oh. Hmm. I knew I liked English better for a reason.

    Make me some sherbet then, and have someone else taste-test it for you -- I'd hate for you to become ill on my behalf.

    February 16, 2007

  • Sorbet is actually just fruit (or whatever product, e.g. almonds) and water (with sugar added perhaps). My understanding is that sherbet is slightly different because it contains cream or milk or dairy products of some kind. That is, there is a real difference beyond French snobbiness; for example, since I'm lactose intolerant, I can eat sorbet without a problem, but if it's sherbet, I had better know ahead of time.

    Even if sherbet doesn't contain dairy products, it always tastes different and more creamy than sorbet, which is strictly fruit and water. So says my brother the chef...

    February 16, 2007

  • Generally speaking, I'm with reesetee; any French word with a silent "T" that has a perfectly legitimate, less pretentious English version is just too snobby for me to bother.

    But since it's for my birthday, I'm willing to make exceptions. I'll leave the logistics of getting it here for you. And do hurry, I'd hate for it to all be melted by the time it arrives for my several hundred party guests to enjoy.

    February 15, 2007

  • Hmm. I always preferred the word sherbet, although apparently these confections differ slightly from one another.

    Wondering how c_b plans to get sorbet to uselessness....

    February 15, 2007

  • Feel free to make me some. Saturday's my birthday, and I would deem that a worthy gift.

    February 15, 2007

  • Turns out watermelon sorbet is pretty easy to make. And quite yummy.

    February 15, 2007