re·​frig·​er·​a·​tor ri-ˈfri-jə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce refrigerator (audio)
: something that refrigerates
especially : a room or appliance for keeping food or other items cool

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Store nuts in a jar or airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week. Pervaiz Shallwani, WSJ, 27 Jan. 2023 Eggs are one of the most versatile foods in the refrigerator. Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 26 Jan. 2023 Tip: This can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until serving time. The Courier-Journal, 24 Jan. 2023 Fresh eggs can generally be stored for 3-5 weeks from the day they’re placed in the refrigerator. Zoe Denenberg, Bon Appétit, 24 Jan. 2023 Use this ring as a regular teething aid, or toss it in the refrigerator for a chilling effect on sore gums. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 23 Jan. 2023 Just snap the lid on and store it in the refrigerator to have fresh cheese all week. Belle Duchene, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Jan. 2023 In 2004, twin refrigerator-sized rovers landed on Mars to carry out exploratory missions in search of past signs of life. Scott Mantz, Variety, 14 Dec. 2022 Grandpa always kept beer stocked in the refrigerator at his East L.A. home. Melissa Mora Hidalgo, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of refrigerator was in 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Refrigerator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


re·​frig·​er·​a·​tor ri-ˈfrij-ə-ˌrāt-ər How to pronounce refrigerator (audio)
: a device or room for keeping articles (as food) cool

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