refreshment

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Etymology[edit]

Recorded since 1665; either directly or via Middle English refreschement, from Old French refrescher (12th century; modern French rafraîchir), itself from re- (again) + fresche (fresh) (modern French frais; from a Germanic source, cognate with Old High German frisc, modern German frisch, Dutch fris, etc.)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈfɹɛʃ.mənt/
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Noun[edit]

refreshment (countable and uncountable, plural refreshments)

  1. The process of refreshing
    Synonyms: reinvigoration, revival, restorationrenewal, renovation, reanimation, repair; a means of restoring strength, energy or vigour.
  2. (usually countable, usually in the plural) That which refreshes, such as a light snack or drink.
    All refreshments will be provided by the hosts.
  3. The result of being refreshed.

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