Main definitions of sorb in English

: sorb1Sorb2

sorb1

Pronunciation /sôrb/ /sɔrb/

See synonyms for sorb

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’.

Main definitions of Sorb in English

: sorb1Sorb2

Sorb2

Pronunciation /sôrb/ /sɔrb/

See synonyms for Sorb

noun

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

    Also called Wend

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Sorbs were repeatedly forbidden to use their own language.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

From German Sorbe.