re·​frig·​er·​a·​tor | \ ri-ˈfri-jə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce refrigerator (audio) \

Definition of refrigerator

: something that refrigerates especially : a room or appliance for keeping food or other items cool

Examples of refrigerator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Directly across from the refrigerator, this wine cooler chills more than 40 bottles at a time. Sarah Alba, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Oct. 2021 Watch the time-lapse video below to see how quickly your pizza can go from refrigerator to steaming hot at the kitchen table in less than 15 minutes. cleveland, 20 Sep. 2021 Remove the dough from the refrigerator, unwrap it and whack it a few times with a rolling pin to start flattening it. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Sep. 2021 Remove the Dutch oven from the refrigerator and skim off any solid fat from the top of the meat, vegetables and pan juices. Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2021 Nursing graduate April Taylor pulls two vials from the refrigerator at the Woods Cross High School pop-up clinic by Nomi Health, April 27, 2021. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 July 2021 Remove the ribs from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before grilling. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 4 July 2021 The next day, remove the chicken from the refrigerator, let the chill come off (about 20 minutes)., 18 June 2021 Remove the pudding from the refrigerator and discard the wrap., 8 June 2021

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First Known Use of refrigerator

1611, in the meaning defined above

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9 Oct 2021

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“Refrigerator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of refrigerator

: a device or room that is used to keep things (such as food and drinks) cold


re·​frig·​er·​a·​tor | \ ri-ˈfri-jə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce refrigerator (audio) \

Kids Definition of refrigerator

: a device or room for keeping articles (as food) cool

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