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adjective \ˈfresh\

Simple Definition of fresh

  • : newly produced, made, gathered, etc. : not preserved by being frozen, canned, etc.

  • : not old, spoiled, etc.

  • : clean and pure

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fresh

  1. 1 a :  having its original qualities unimpaired: as (1) :  full of or renewed in vigor :  refreshed <rose fresh from a good night's sleep> (2) :  not stale, sour, or decayed <fresh bread> (3) :  not faded <lessons fresh in her memory> (4) :  not worn or rumpled <a fresh white shirt> b :  not altered by processing <fresh vegetables>

  2. 2 a :  not salt b (1) :  free from taint :  pure <fresh air> (2) of wind :  moderately strong

  3. 3 a (1) :  experienced, made, or received newly or anew (2) :  additional, another <a fresh start> b :  original, vivid <a fresh portrayal> c :  lacking experience :  raw d :  just come or arrived <fresh from school> e :  having the milk flow recently established <a fresh cow>

  4. 4 [probably by folk etymology from German frech] :  disposed to take liberties :  impudent <don't get fresh with me>

  5. 5 slang :  fashionable, cool

freshly adverb
freshness noun

Examples of fresh in a sentence

  1. You can use either fresh or dried basil for this recipe.

  2. The meat was kept fresh in the refrigerator.

  3. a bouquet of fresh flowers

  4. He changed into a fresh shirt.

  5. She brought a fresh change of clothes.

  6. She rose fresh from a good night's sleep.

Origin of fresh

Middle English, from Anglo-French fresch, freis, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German frisc fresh; akin to Old English fersc fresh

First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of fresh

new, novel, original, fresh mean having recently come into existence or use. new may apply to what is freshly made and unused <new brick> or has not been known before <new designs> or not experienced before <starts the new job>. novel applies to what is not only new but strange or unprecedented <a novel approach to the problem>. original applies to what is the first of its kind to exist <a man without one original idea>. fresh applies to what has not lost its qualities of newness such as liveliness, energy, brightness <a fresh start>.

Rhymes with fresh




Simple Definition of fresh

  • : just recently

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fresh

  1. :  just recently :  newly <we're fresh out of eggs>

Examples of fresh in a sentence

  1. This bread was baked fresh.

14th Century

First Known Use of fresh

14th century




Definition of fresh

  1. 1 :  an increased flow or rush (as of water) :  freshet

  2. 2 archaic :  a stream, spring, or pool of freshwater


First Known Use of fresh


FRESH Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈfresh\

Definition of fresh for Students


  1. 1 :  not salt <fresh water>

  2. 2 :  pure 1, brisk <fresh air> <a fresh breeze>

  3. 3 :  not frozen, canned, or pickled <fresh vegetables>

  4. 4 :  not stale, sour, or spoiled <fresh bread>

  5. 5 :  not dirty or rumpled <a fresh shirt>

  6. 6 :  1new 4 <Let's make a fresh start.>

  7. 7 :  newly made or received <a fresh wound> <fresh news>

  8. 8 :  rude and disrespectful <fresh talk>

freshly adverb
freshness noun

Law Dictionary



Legal Definition of fresh

  1. 1a :  free of the detrimental effects of delay (as the fading of memories) b :  characterized by promptness

  2. 2 :  experienced, made, or received newly or anew <a resumed interrogation requiring fresh Miranda warnings>

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