verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Words nearby refrain
Origin of refrain1
OTHER WORDS FROM refrainre·frain·er, nounre·frain·ment, nounun·re·frained, adjectiveun·re·frain·ing, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH refrainrefrain restrain
Definition for refrains (2 of 2)
- a musical setting for the refrain of a poem.
- any melody.
- the principal, recurrent section of a rondo.
Origin of refrain2
Examples from the Web for refrains
As looters roamed, you could hear a few of the refrains that have defined this situation, most notably “No justice, no peace.”
Berg, characteristically, refrains from offering anything resembling a definitive conclusion.A Noble Failure: Woodrow Wilson’s Presidency Considered|Michael Kazin|September 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The refrains of “who lost Syria” and “who lost Egypt” can already be heard.
He refrains from smoking, and gives her his whole attention during the interview.Book of Etiquette|Lillian Eichler
Of these refrains, Oriana, and the Lady of Shalott, present striking examples.
The verses are frequently chanted in a solemn recitative, while the ballad tunes tend to be confined chiefly to the refrains.Stories and Ballads of the Far Past|Nora Kershaw
The effect is intensified by use of the whole ominous first stanza in a complex of refrains throughout the rest of the ballad.A History of American Literature|Percy H. Boynton
It depends on the whole aim and purpose of the man who does it, or refrains from doing it.The Five Great Philosophies of Life|William de Witt Hyde