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 evening program features Michael Curry, a member of the national NAACP board of directors, and begins with light refreshments at 6:45 p.m. This is the town’s 32nd year of celebrating MLK, said the committee’s Janice Bakey. Globe Staff,, "Here are some MLK Day events that caught our attention," 19 Jan. 2020 An open house with refreshments will be held at Bullpen Coworking, 7044 S. Ballpark Drive, 3rd Floor, Franklin, from 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 29. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A collaborative office space for workers and companies just opened at Franklin's Ballpark Commons," 15 Jan. 2020 The festival precedes the walk with refreshments and entertainment. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "MLK Day is Jan. 20. Here's where you can celebrate the civil-rights leader around Phoenix," 12 Jan. 2020 For those who want to be the first to see the new space, the Jan. 3 grand opening begins at 10 a.m. with light refreshments and tours. Ben Brasch, ajc, "After year, Roswell’s revamped library set to re-open after New Year’s," 24 Dec. 2019 The evenings begin at 5:30 p.m. with refreshments and cash-only wine and beer. Carole Goldberg,, "Write Stuff: Retired New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff at Mark Twain House," 12 Dec. 2019 An opening ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. with refreshments. William Thornton |, al, "Urgent Care for Children opening in Tuscaloosa," 10 Dec. 2019 The chamber is also planning its annual open house, a free event scheduled from 1-5 the chamber, 120 E. Eighth Street, Suite 2.The event will be a come-and-go reception with light refreshments. From Staff Reports, Houston Chronicle, "Who should be Deer Park’s outstanding citizen?," 15 Nov. 2019 Fine and son Justin Fine will be on site Sunday, Oct. 13, with refreshments, to show you two finished models, one a ranch, one a main-floor-master with over 3,300 finished square feet, at $850,000. Mark Samuelson, The Denver Post, "On a rare infill site behind Colorado Academy, tour five large mid-century modern designs, ranch and main-floor-master," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of refreshment

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Feb 2020

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“Refreshment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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