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
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)