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

  • n. Refreshment with food and drink.
  • n. A light meal or repast.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Mental or spiritual refreshment.
  • n. Physical refreshment, especially with food or drink.
  • n. A meal, especially a light meal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Refreshment after hunger or fatigue; a repast; a lunch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Refreshment after hunger or fatigue; a repast: applied especially to meals in religious houses.
  • n. In civil law and old English law, repair; restoration to good condition.

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

  • n. a light meal or repast


From French réfection, from Latin refectiōnem, accusative singular of refectiō ("recovery, refection"), from reficiō ("restore, renew"). (Wiktionary)


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    November 17, 2013

  • In Canto XV of Don Juan, Byron describes a sumptous dinner, listing all the dishes. But in the midst of his list, he breaks off with this aside:

    But I must crowd all into one grand mess
         Or mass; for should I stretch into detail,
    My Muse would run much more into excess,
         Than when some squeamish people deem her frail.
    But though a 'bonne vivante,' I must confess
         Her stomach 's not her peccant part; this tale
    However doth require some slight refection,
    Just to relieve her spirits from dejection.

    Of course, what he describes, is hardly "some slight refection".

    June 8, 2013