re·fresh·ment | \ ri-ˈfresh-mənt \

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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Show, raffle and refreshment tables, 7-9 p.m. Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road, Plantation. 954-791-1874. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Sunrise area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 The interior would benefit from a refreshment, but the space — and views — will never go out of style. Jack Flemming,, "Elizabeth Taylor’s Beverly Hills haunt hits the market for $15.9 million," 12 July 2018 Complimentary coffee and refreshments will be served. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 10 July 2018 Very light south-southwesterly breezes may not offer much refreshment. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: New heat wave begins today, and the humidity will become oppressive by Sunday," 29 June 2018 Café Alaska was not so much a place of refreshment as a carousel of human comedies spun around the noisy grinding of coffee beans and furnished with a rack of polyglot newspapers on the far wall. Norman Lebrecht, WSJ, "‘A Rich Brew’ Review: A Remarkable Cultural Infusion," 28 June 2018 After the parade, a fair complete with live music, souvenirs, and refreshments will be held behind the fire station. Zipporah Osei And Julia Preszler,, "Where to have fun for the Fourth," 27 June 2018 There will be refreshments like hot dogs and root beer floats, and music by The Misfits. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "21 Things-to-do in Waukesha County in July," 27 June 2018 But the Seattle design firm Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, chosen in a 2016 competition, envisions the site becoming the area’s entrance and Warming Hut, offering parkgoers refreshments and literature about the area. Leah Garchik,, "Natural promise at city’s southeastern corner," 25 June 2018

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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

refreshments : drinks and small amounts of food

: food and drink

: the process of becoming rested and regaining strength or energy


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Kids Definition of refreshment

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

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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