[ ri-frij-uh-rey-ter ]
/ rɪˈfrɪdʒ əˌreɪ tər /


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.


Nearby words

  1. refrig.,
  2. refrigerant,
  3. refrigerate,
  4. refrigeration,
  5. refrigeration anesthesia,
  6. refrigerator car,
  7. refrigerator-freezer,
  8. refringence,
  9. refringent,
  10. refry

Origin of refrigerator

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

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British Dictionary definitions for refrigerator


/ (rɪˈfrɪdʒəˌreɪtə) /


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