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refrigerator

[ri-frij-uh-rey-ter] /rɪˈfrɪdʒ əˌreɪ tər/
noun
1.
a box, room, or cabinet in which food, drink, etc., are kept cool by means of ice or mechanical refrigeration.
2.
the part of a distilling apparatus that cools the volatile material, causing it to condense; condenser; rectifier.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; refrigerate + -or2
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British Dictionary definitions for refrigerators

refrigerator

/rɪˈfrɪdʒəˌreɪtə/
noun
1.
a chamber in which food, drink, etc, are kept cool Informal word fridge
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Word Origin and History for refrigerators

refrigerator

n.

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.

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