[rek-ree-ey-shuh n]


refreshment by means of some pastime, agreeable exercise, or the like.
a pastime, diversion, exercise, or other resource affording relaxation and enjoyment.

Origin of recreation

1350–1400; Middle English recreacioun (< Middle French recreation) < Latin recreātiōn- (stem of recreātiō) restoration, recovery, equivalent to recreāt(us) (see recreate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsrec·re·a·to·ry [rek-ree-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈrɛk ri əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective


[ree-kree-ey-shuh n]


the act of creating anew.
something created anew.

Origin of re-creation

First recorded in 1515–25; re- + creation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for recreation

Contemporary Examples of recreation

Historical Examples of recreation

  • Hubert, quite excited by this day of recreation and of fete, was the only one who had anything to say.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Always work had stolen from him these treasures—dreams, recreation and knowledge.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • We then went to the chapel, where a short Mass was celebrated, after which we had an hour's recreation.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Greenwich was the place fixed on for the dinner, and we prepared for the day of recreation.

  • Recreation: Filling his fountain pen or cleaning typewriter.

British Dictionary definitions for recreation



refreshment of health or spirits by relaxation and enjoyment
an activity or pastime that promotes this
  1. an interval of free time between school lessons
  2. (as modifier)recreation period



the state or instance of creating again or anewthe re-creation of the Russian Empire
a simulation or re-enactment of a scene, place, time, etca re-creation of a vineyard kitchen
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Word Origin and History for recreation

late 14c., "refreshment or curing of a person, refreshment by eating," from Old French recreacion (13c.), from Latin recreationem (nominative recreatio) "recovery from illness," noun of action from past participle stem of recreare "to refresh, restore, make anew, revive, invigorate," from re- "again" (see re-) + creare (see create). Meaning "refresh oneself by some amusement" is first recorded c.1400.

A verb recreate "to refresh by physical influence after exertion" is attested from early 15c. and was used by Lyly, Pope, Steele, and Harriet Martineau, but it did not take, probably to avoid confusion with recreate.

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