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 Wulff assisted us with all the arrangements, from a visitation including refreshments from the Iron Range to the funeral Mass held locally for a true celebration of life. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, "Sainted: A little help turned into a lot of help. Thanks, Morgan!," 28 Dec. 2019 From 5-8 p.m., there will be a variety of events including a torchlight parade, fireworks, an appearance by Santa Claus, a fire pit and refreshments. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Alyeska, Hillside ski areas to open this week," 12 Dec. 2019 The crowd was big enough that getting a seat in downtown restaurants was problematic, with downtown merchants conducting open houses, providing refreshments and snacks to the crowd. Hank Beckman,, "Santa arrived in La Grange as village lit Christmas tree, children petted goats and took train rides," 10 Dec. 2019 Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Long-time Germantown Police Capt. Mike Snow will succeed Chief Peter Hoell, who is retiring at the end of the month.," 4 Dec. 2019 The event will feature photos with Santa, refreshments and more. Arkansas Online, "COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE TRI-LAKES AREA," 3 Dec. 2019 The Christmas Basket program provides gift cards to low-income families to purchase holiday presents for their children and hosts a family holiday celebration featuring cultural activities, games, crafts, refreshments and even photos with Santa! Anchorage Daily News, "2019 Holiday Fairs and Bazaars," 27 Nov. 2019 Light refreshments will be served at its conclusion. Gabrielle Copeland Schoeffield,, "West Carroll: Veterans to be honored with flute and dance performance, VFW Post event, Wreaths Across America," 6 Nov. 2019 Light refreshments will be served, and space is limited. cleveland, "Mandel Jewish Day School postpones building dedication after death of Morton Mandel, 98; University Hts. man named top adjunct teacher; more: Press Run," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of refreshment

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Jan 2020

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“Refreshment.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 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


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Kids Definition of refreshment

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

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