- a freshwater stream flowing into the sea.
- a sudden rise in the level of a stream, or a flood, caused by heavy rains or the rapid melting of snow and ice.
Origin of freshet
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Examples from the Web for freshet
And, John, I did not tell them anything except that the freshet had swept me away.Southern Lights and Shadows
At that time the water, clearing after a summer freshet, was fairly low.Creatures of the Night
Alfred W. Rees
During my return down the river, it was in a freshet, and we went headlong.Memoirs
Charles Godfrey Leland
"You might have to wait till next spring for a freshet," he said cheerfully.The Tale of Timothy Turtle
Arthur Scott Bailey
The roar of the freshet awoke Nan in her bed before daybreak.Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp
Annie Roe Carr
- the sudden overflowing of a river caused by heavy rain or melting snow
- a stream of fresh water emptying into the sea
Word Origin and History for freshet
1590s, "stream flowing into the sea," from fresh (adj.1) in a now obsolete sense of "flood, stream of fresh water" (1530s). Old English had fersceta in the same sense. Meaning "flood caused by rain or melting snow" is from 1650s.