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

Examples from the Web for refrigerator

Contemporary Examples of refrigerator

Historical Examples of refrigerator

  • He could see through it into the kitchen, and by straining his eyes, he could even see the stove and the refrigerator.

    The Servant Problem

    Robert F. Young

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

    Culture and Cooking

    Catherine Owen

  • Arrayed in a long apron of Joyce's, Mary stood a moment considering the resources of refrigerator and pantry.

  • His refrigerator was modeled along the architectural lines of the dens of the divided trunks.

    Solar Stiff

    Chas. A. Stopher

  • Then they poured the foamy stuff into a pan, and put it in the refrigerator.

    The Vehement Flame

    Margaret Wade Campbell Deland

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