fresh·​et | \ ˈfre-shət How to pronounce freshet (audio) \

Definition of freshet

1 archaic : stream sense 1
2a : a great rise or overflowing of a stream caused by heavy rains or melted snow
b : a swelling quantity : influx summer brings a freshet of tourists

Examples of freshet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Hudson River had a little current, fed by freshets from upstream with local rains, and melting snow farther up, in the Adirondacks. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, 6 Apr. 2020 As August turned to September, the sun dropped and the first cold freshet of autumn rainwater flowed out of the mountains and tickled the noses of the salmon waiting off Astoria, where the Columbia meets the Pacific Ocean. Patrick Symmes, Harper's magazine, 28 Oct. 2019 Pools of it, rivulets of it, lapping lakes and freshets of it, in a green and timbered landscape — our eyes were always thirsty for the sight of it. Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2019 And spring will come and melt this frozen beauty with its thunderous freshet. Peter Marteka,, 7 Jan. 2018 Director Matthew Ozawa gave the demon barber and all his victims credible backstories, adding flesh to the freshets of blood in Skylight Music Theatre’s production of this Sondheim classic. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Dec. 2017 And so this river rises, gathers new freshets, drains ever more valleys. Bill Mckibben, New Republic, 12 July 2017 New springs, freshets of water popping out of the mountain and onto the road, created small gullies almost daily, and mud tainted the blue ocean the color of a café latte in broad eddies circling up the coast. Thomas Curwen,, 26 May 2017 Each episode — burbling freshets, dancing peasants, water sprites gamboling in moonlit waters, a torrent tumbling over the St. John's Rapids – was firmly drawn and smoothly tied together. John Von Rhein,, 19 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of freshet

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Freshet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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