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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Wednesday’s event starts at 6:30 p.m. with opening remarks at 6:45 p.m. and a 1-mile walk at 7 p.m. When walkers return, light refreshments will be provided and there will be another brief program featuring lighting up the night. John Laidler,, "Danvers holds Light the Night Purple walk," 3 May 2018 Music will be provided by The Internationals, an accordion-mandolin duo with Eastern European roots, and there will be complimentary refreshments. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora Historical Society to hold party to highlight exhibit on ethnic diversity," 13 July 2018 Rides on the Peppermint Express train, refreshments, ornament-making with elves in the workshop, Santa and screening: Elf (starring Will Ferrell, rated PG). Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "What to do around Louisville this week: Santa's Safari, 'The Nutcracker' & more," 13 Dec. 2017 After a brief dedication ceremony, an open house will follow until 2 p.m. with refreshments and activities. Laura Groch,, "On the agenda, June 24," 24 June 2018 Participants should meet at the Hurd Field parking lot at 9:30 a.m. The tour will end around 11:30 a.m., with refreshments at the Old Schwamb Mill. Leslie Anderson,, "Bay State Bike Week in full swing," 13 May 2018 Come intermission, themed refreshments were served as the theater bar, which was appropriately set with a pair of silver gramophones (and the My Fair Lady soundtrack on classic vinyl). Maria Ward, Vogue, "Uma Thurman and Hugh Jackman Could Have Danced All Night at the Broadway Opening of My Fair Lady," 20 Apr. 2018 Much like the fun, playground interior with a refreshment station (help yourself to complimentary caramel popcorn, coffee, and freshly squeezed OJ), and row of computers. Jane Broughton, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Hotels in Cape Town," 14 Sep. 2018 Customers were provided with refreshment vouchers and hotel accommodation was authorized, however there was a shortage of available accommodation. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Ryanair ‘downplaying’ emergency landing that sent dozens to hospital after 'nightmare' flight, passenger says," 16 July 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 \

Kids Definition of refreshment

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

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