[ fresh-it ]
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  1. a freshwater stream flowing into the sea.

  2. 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

First recorded in 1590–1600; fresh (noun) + -et

synonym study For freshet

2. See flood.

Words Nearby freshet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use freshet in a sentence

  • A large stone set in a secure place surely is a better boundary than a wayward stream whose course is changed by every freshet.

  • The road was plainly marked, but the last freshet had sprinkled it with stones, large and small.

    Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
  • We came down with the tide in the rear of the trunk freshet.

    Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska | Charles Warren Stoddard
  • Horley Bottom, where the hay used to be frequently carried into the river by a June freshet, was now safe from flood.

    The Hills and the Vale | Richard Jefferies
  • And it is a lively stream when there happens to be a freshet and both forks are pouring a flood down into it.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas | Frank Gee Patchin

British Dictionary definitions for freshet


/ (ˈfrɛʃɪt) /

  1. the sudden overflowing of a river caused by heavy rain or melting snow

  2. a stream of fresh water emptying into the sea

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