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

Synonyms for refreshment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for refreshments

snack, pick-me-up, bite, spread, tidbit

Examples from the Web for refreshments

Contemporary Examples of refreshments

Historical Examples of refreshments

  • While the others were still enjoying the refreshments she took the book and read.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for refreshments



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 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