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 herbaceous aperitifs, though, are more bitter than sweet, so that premeal drink will be less like a sugary frappé and more like an earthy refreshment. Grace Dickinson,, "The six summery drinks you need to try in Philadelphia this season," 6 June 2019 Enjoy an afternoon with lovely art and light refreshments. Anchorage Daily News, "Here is what you can expect for First Friday this week," 6 June 2019 And at that moment, flat, boring, New York City tap water had never seemed like a better refreshment during happy hour. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "How Giving Up Happy Hour Saved My Sanity and My Health," 11 Jan. 2019 Join the artist for refreshments and enjoy her work on display, Creative Pathway Watercolors and Pastels. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 2 July 2018 Save the heavy bourbon drinks for fall, because summer drinking is all about refreshment. Paula Forbes, GQ, "The Drinks Bartenders Serve When It's Way Too Hot Out," 24 June 2018 After the interment, family and friends are then invited to gather at Boca’s Restaurant, 358 North Park Avenue, Winter Park, for refreshments. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/24," 24 June 2018 After becoming the race's official drink in 1983, the mint and bourbon refreshment has been closely associated with race day festivities. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "How to Make a Mint Julep Just as Good as the Ones Served at the Kentucky Derby," 28 Mar. 2019 What started as just a few women trading clothing, shoes, and accessories in her apartment turned into ticketed events across the country with spa treatments, cocktails, and refreshments. Erin Quinn-kong, Woman's Day, "Are Your Fast-Fashion Clothes Killing Farmers?," 14 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of refreshment

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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