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[ri-fresh-muh nt] /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
3. invigoration, rejuvenation, renewal. Unabridged
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  • That's according to a growing body of research from psychologists that examines what really produces mental refreshment in humans.
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  • Here, with a big plastic pitcher of tea for refreshment, you cook from beginning to end.
  • The sweetness which he felt in divine contemplation made him often forget to take any refreshment for two or three days together.
  • We disperse the fragrance of the flowers through the air, and spread refreshment and health.
British Dictionary definitions for refreshment


the act of refreshing or the state of being refreshed
(pl) 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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