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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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
  • Then came an interval for refreshments, and a little chat that was far from lively.

    The Queen's Scarlet George Manville Fenn
  • 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
  • But all these stories must have made you hungry, so I'd like to invite my guests to have some refreshments.

    Policeman Bluejay L. Frank Baum
  • 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
  • It was a hot day, even for Boulia; refreshments were generous, and in demand.

    Reminiscences of Queensland William Henry Corfield
  • For an afternoon or evening reception the refreshments are served as for any reception.

    The Etiquette of To-day Edith B. Ordway
  • Let them rest a while, then I shall take some refreshments to them.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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