re·​fresh·​ment | \ ri-ˈfresh-mənt How to pronounce refreshment (audio) \

Definition of refreshment

1 : the act of refreshing : the state of being refreshed
2a : something (such as food or drink) that refreshes
b refreshments plural
(1) : a light meal
(2) : assorted light foods

Examples of refreshment in a Sentence

Light refreshments will be served at the meeting. The workers were in need of refreshment. We went camping for relaxation and refreshment.
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Recent Examples on the Web The restaurant, decorated in antiques and chinoiserie-print wallpaper, has the dainty allure of a teahouse, only with cocktails and big-flavor small plates in place of light refreshments. Brett Anderson, New York Times, "10 Reasons Washington Is a Great Restaurant City," 29 Oct. 2019 Additionally, a new 3,600 square-foot cafe on the sixth-floor is available for casual refreshments and dining. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "A Look Inside the Museum of Modern Art's $450 Million Renovation," 23 Oct. 2019 The ceremony, to take place outside the Rondo Commemorative Plaza at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, will feature music, refreshments and a film crew capturing community members and their reactions to the bricks. Natalie Rademacher, Twin Cities, "St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood to celebrate history at ceremony Wednesday," 14 Oct. 2019 There will also be refreshments and candy apples at this event. Sergio Carmona,, "Simchat Torah to be celebrated at South Florida synagogues," 11 Oct. 2019 There will be live music, refreshments and shuttle buses transporting attendees to the various venues. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Girl Scouts build welcome kiosk at botanical garden," 4 Oct. 2019 The free public event, presented by the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce, will include complimentary refreshments and updates from representatives of local legislative offices. Daily Pilot, "Political Landscape: Rouda to speak in Newport a week after announcing support for Trump impeachment," 25 Sep. 2019 There will be light refreshments and opportunities to network. Max Jungreis,, "The week ahead in business," 25 Aug. 2019 Join them for pup-sicles and other refreshments and a chance to win tickets to an upcoming concert. Tatia Woldt, Dallas News, "Dog About Town: Float with your pooch at the water park this weekend," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of refreshment

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of refreshment was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of refreshment

: drinks and small amounts of food
: food and drink
: the process of becoming rested and regaining strength or energy


re·​fresh·​ment | \ ri-ˈfresh-mənt How to pronounce refreshment (audio) \

Kids Definition of refreshment

: something (as food or drink) that refreshes often used in pl.

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