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refreshment

[ri-fresh-muh nt] /rɪˈfrɛʃ mənt/
noun
1.
something that refreshes, especially food or drink.
2.
refreshments, articles or portions of food or drink, especially for a light meal.
3.
the act of refreshing or the state of being refreshed.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English refresshement < Middle French refreschement. See refresh, -ment
Synonyms
3. invigoration, rejuvenation, renewal.
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Examples from the web for refreshments
  • After the play, the host serves snacks and refreshments.
  • The museum gift shop serves a limited menu of refreshments and offers a variety of unique and educational souvenirs.
  • The requirements prescribe limits for meals and refreshments served at breaks.
  • Light refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremony.
British Dictionary definitions for refreshments

refreshment

/rɪˈfrɛʃmənt/
noun
1.
the act of refreshing or the state of being refreshed
2.
(pl) snacks and drinks served as a light meal
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Word Origin and History for refreshments

refreshment

n.

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.

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