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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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  • Often this address is followed by other refreshments of a lighter kind than those of the feast proper.

    Tyrol and its People Clive Holland
  • What a commission from the restaurateur for supplying the refreshments!

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Later, after the young year had appropriately been ushered in, when the refreshments were being served, he might unbend somewhat.

    Those Times And These Irvin S. Cobb
  • Vivian was now invited to the pavilion, where refreshments were prepared.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • But if you enter within the ring you pay for a seat a trifle, and also for your refreshments.

    Paris: With Pen and Pencil David W. Bartlett
  • At length he notes that most of the refreshments have disappeared.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • For an afternoon or evening reception the refreshments are served as for any reception.

    The Etiquette of To-day Edith B. Ordway
  • As I took the proffered seat, he offered me the refreshments.

    Among the Pines James R. Gilmore
  • They all partook of the refreshments provided for them with grateful spirits.

    Manuel Pereira F. C. Adams
British Dictionary definitions for refreshments


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 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
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