Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary


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>

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up fresh? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to expose to danger or risk

Get Word of the Day daily email!


Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.