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 The pantry found its first home at All Souls Unitarian Church, where it was provided pantry space, a refrigerator and freezer for free. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "'Every human deserves to eat': Grassroots food pantry fights hunger amid the coronavirus," 27 May 2020 There was a half-size refrigerator and dishes in the sink. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "A Window Onto an American Nightmare," 25 May 2020 Other interior features include a wine room, mudroom, home office and summer kitchen, as well as crown molding a fire/smoke alarm, a formal entryway and foyer, high ceiling, included refrigerator and sound wiring. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, "Traditional Hedwig Village home offers modern touches," 23 May 2020 Customers also have the option of renting a private cabana with a TV, refrigerator and pool servers. Natalie Walters, Dallas News, "Gaylord Texan resort sets June 8 reopening date after COVID-19 forced its closure," 21 May 2020 Social media shows empty store refrigerators and commercial producers dumping milk down drains. NBC News, "What's up with the skyrocketing grocery prices — and when will it all stop?," 15 May 2020 In back, three walls of brick shelter an outdoor kitchen that has a grill, refrigerator and pizza oven. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Cigar room in this Quarton Lake beauty will make you wish you smoked," 25 Apr. 2020 Our current living space contains a small refrigerator and freezer—bigger than your standard college mini-fridge, but much smaller than what many people have in their homes. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, "How to Shop for Groceries While Protecting Yourself From Coronavirus," 15 Apr. 2020 The Food Safety and Inspection Service is concerned that these products may already be in consumers' homes, in freezers or refrigerators. Madeline Mitchell,, "Check your fridge and/or freezer. This beef product has been recalled.," 25 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of refrigerator

1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of refrigerator was in 1611

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31 May 2020

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“Refrigerator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of refrigerator

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

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