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

No carry-ins are allowed, but refreshments will be available for purchase at food trucks and a beverage stand. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 things to do this week in the southwest suburbs," 10 July 2018 Free parking and light refreshments will be available. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 29 May 2018 Tours of the senior services building, as well as light refreshments, will be provided. Steve Schering,, "Oak Park Township to host mental health and wellness fair," 15 May 2018 Free refreshments, raffle prizes, games, mini-workshops, and resources on keeping children safe and healthy. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "The bunny is back, plus other fun family events for the weekend," 11 Apr. 2018 There will be refreshments and displays of more than 100 historical West Park photographs at the society's new permanent office. Carol Kovach,, "Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary honors speech, music, visual arts contest winners: A Place in the Sun," 24 Apr. 2018 There will be refreshments available for sale in the lobby. Courant Community, "'The Addams Family' Heads To New Britain," 16 Mar. 2018 Following the bridging, there was a party that included music, refreshments and fun activity booths. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Girl Scouts cross Golden Gate Bridge to memorably advance," 16 May 2018 Guests are also invited to bring their own picnic dinners, although refreshments will be available for purchase through on-site food trucks and select Audubon concessions stands. Mike Scott,, "Audubon Zoo's outdoor screening series is back (and it's got 'Black Panther')," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of refreshment

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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