freshet

noun fresh·et \ ˈfre-shət \
Updated on: 3 Mar 2018

Definition of freshet

1 archaic : stream 1
2 a : 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

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1596

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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