[ ri-fresh-muhnt ]
/ 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for refreshment


/ (rɪˈfrɛʃmənt) /


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



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.

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