a box, room, or cabinet in which food, drink, etc., are kept cool by means of ice or mechanical refrigeration.
the part of a distilling apparatus that cools the volatile material, causing it to condense; condenser; rectifier.

Origin of refrigerator

First recorded in 1605–15; refrigerate + -or2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for refrigerator

cooler, icebox

Examples from the Web for refrigerator

Contemporary Examples of refrigerator

Historical Examples of refrigerator

  • Pieces of charcoal should also be put in the refrigerator and changed often.

    Culture and Cooking

    Catherine Owen

  • Pascal was standing by the refrigerator, exactly where she had left him.

    Weak on Square Roots

    Russell Burton

  • He knew where the kettle was, the refrigerator, the mixings.

    Martians Never Die

    Lucius Daniel

  • Kneeling down at the refrigerator, she fumbled for the lock.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White

  • But she was rather shocked to note that the butter had not been put away in the refrigerator.

    Good Old Anna

    Marie Belloc Lowndes

British Dictionary definitions for refrigerator



a chamber in which food, drink, etc, are kept coolInformal word: fridge
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Word Origin and History for refrigerator

1610s, "something that cools," agent noun from refrigerate. As "cabinet for keeping food cool," 1824, originally in the brewery trade, in place of earlier refrigeratory (c.1600). The electric-powered household device was available from c.1918.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper