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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The open house includes crafts, light refreshments and family activities. Linda Mcintosh,, "Library's Royal tea raises nearly 10K ... community news," 29 May 2018 Lamorinda Arts Alliance & Concord Art Association 2018 Art Show and Sale 24 artists working in various mediums show and offer their work for sale in addition to art demonstrations, live music, light refreshments and more. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Memorial Day and other events," 24 May 2018 The free event will also include tours of the exhibits, preservation demonstrations, activities for kids, light refreshments and other activities. Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "Sam Houston Regional Library set to reopen June 9 after renovations," 24 May 2018 Fees include all supplies and light refreshments and snacks. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "5 nice things to do with your mom in honor of Mother's Day," 3 May 2018 In between activities, guests relaxed and enjoyed refreshments in the main cabin, as well as listening to live music on the lawn. Sue Ellen Ross, Post-Tribune, "Discovering the wonders of the dunes," 11 June 2018 This year’s festival includes historical reenactments, live performances, and refreshments — including a beer garden for adults — and, for the first time, baby goats for children to pet at the Children’s Village, a space set aside for youngsters. Claire Wolters,, "Celebrate Juneteenth at these six family events," 15 June 2018 There's no refreshment station, although interviewees are offered water. Evan Perez, CNN, "Hot Pockets, mismatched chairs and a critical mission: Inside year one of the Mueller investigation," 17 May 2018 Planetary Prom is the theme for the evening, which will feature hands-on programs, a talk from astronomer David Weintraub about Mars and, of course, dancing and refreshments. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 17 May 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


re·​fresh·​ment | \ri-ˈfresh-mənt \

Kids Definition of refreshment

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

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