Definitions

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

  • n. The act of refreshing or the state of being refreshed.
  • n. Something, such as food or drink, that refreshes.
  • n. A snack or light meal and drinks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The action of refreshing; a means of restoring strength, energy or vigour.
  • n. A light snack or fresh drink without alcohol.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of refreshing, or the state of being refreshed; restoration of strength, spirit, vigor, or liveliness; relief after suffering; new life or animation after depression.
  • n. That which refreshes; means of restoration or reanimation; especially, an article of food or drink.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of refreshing, or the state of being refreshed; relief after exhaustion, etc.
  • n. That which refreshes; a recreation; that which gives fresh strength or vigor, as food, drink, or rest: in the plural it is now almost exclusively applied to food and drink.

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

  • n. snacks and drinks served as a light meal
  • n. activity that refreshes and recreates; activity that renews your health and spirits by enjoyment and relaxation

Etymologies

Recorded since 1665; either directly or via refreschement, from Old French refrescher (12th century; modern rafraîchir), itself from re- "again" + fresche "fresh" (Modern French frais; from a Germanic source, cognate with Old High German frisc, modern German frisch, Dutch fris etc.) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There was every kind of hot and cold liquors; everything which can be the most widely and the most splendidly comprehended under the term refreshment:

    Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete

  • What do you think of when you hear the word refreshment?

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • Three, all under two years old, alternately made staggering rushes to the edge of the unguarded trap-door – and were rescued just in time to prevent their committing suicide in the depths – and rushes to obtain refreshment from the breasts of their mothers, which were conveniently exposed.

    High Albania

  • In such living, personal character and taste would flower as never before; the home of each individual would be at last a true personal expression; and the union of individuals in marriage would not compel the jumbling together of all the external machinery of their lives, – a process in which much of the delicacy and freshness of love, to say nothing of the power of mutual rest and refreshment, is constantly lost.

    Women and Economics: A Study of the Economic Relation Between Men and Women as a Factor in Social Evolution

  • Somehow, in spite of myself, my despair was slipping away and a feeling of - "refreshment" - seems somehow the best word-was rising within me.

    The Courts of Chaos

  • Because it is ordained for spiritual refreshment, which is conformed to corporeal refreshment.

    Summa Theologica, Part III (Tertia Pars) From the Complete American Edition

  • Tenth -- If possible avoid patronizing the so-called refreshment wagons or dining cars, which are expensive and uniformly bad.

    Europe Revised

  • Yet those of us who can recall the refreshment and delight which Black's earlier books spread amongst us will never allow that the shadow of eclipse that now lies upon his literary fame is either deserved or likely to prove lasting.

    Memoirs of Sir Wemyss Reid 1842-1885

  • At that magic word refreshment the whole crowd formed up in procession and silently awaited the signal to start.

    Dream Days

  • "I must say I think the idea of refreshment would not enter the head of anyone who had the pleasure of your company here, Miss McLeod, unless you suggested it yourself."

    The Mystery of the Green Ray

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