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[ri-fresh-muh nt] /rɪˈfrɛʃ mənt/
something that refreshes, especially food or drink.
refreshments, articles or portions of food or drink, especially for a light meal.
the act of refreshing or the state of being refreshed.
Origin of refreshment
1350-1400; Middle English refresshement < Middle French refreschement. See refresh, -ment
3. invigoration, rejuvenation, renewal. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • While the others were still enjoying the refreshments she took the book and read.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • A black jack of ale and the heel of a loaf at a wayside inn were all my refreshments.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Mr. Monday and Mr. Dodge were invited by signs to be seated, and refreshments were offered.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • What a commission from the restaurateur for supplying the refreshments!

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Ernstorff now brought in refreshments; and for a moment they ceased playing.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Vivian was now invited to the pavilion, where refreshments were prepared.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Drinks and refreshments, for the good of the house, were now the order of the evening.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • Stopped for baths and refreshments at one of the stations en route.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • They got to Howells's about nine o'clock, and the refreshments were waiting.

British Dictionary definitions for refreshments


the act of refreshing or the state of being refreshed
(pl) snacks and drinks served as a light meal
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Word Origin and History for refreshments



late 14c., "act or fact of refreshing," originally mental and spiritual, from Old French refreschement (Modern French rafraîchissement, from refreschier (see refresh). Refreshments, of food and drink only, from 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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