- (transitive) To replace the frets on (a musical instrument).
- Can you refret my guitar?
From Middle English refreit, from Anglo-Norman refreit (“response”), refraindre (“to sing a refrain”); also Old French refreit (“refrain”). The Oxford English Dictionary suggests influence from an unattested Late Latin form, refrangere; compare Latin refractus (past participle). See refrain (noun), refract.
refret (plural refrets)
- (obsolete) A refrain.
- 1820, Samuel Weller Singer, William Shakespeare’s Hamlet Prince of Denmark, page 136:
- Our old English term refrette, ‘the foote of the dittie, a verse often interlaced, or the burden of a song,’ was probably from refrain; or from refresteler, to pipe over again. […] ‘Refrain, the refret, burthen, or downe of a ballad.’ All this discussion is rendered necessary, because Steevens unfortunately forgot to note from whence he made the following extract,
- 1847, E.W. Hengstenberg, J.E. Ryland, transl., Dissertations on the Genuineness of the Pentateuch, volume 1, page 143:
- The refret or burden of the song in ver. 6, 8, 9, 10, “Yet have ye not returned to me,” […] alludes to Deut. iv. 29(30),
- refret in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- “refraid, n.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, September 2009.