re·​frig·​er·​a·​tor | \ri-ˈfri-jə-ˌrā-tər \

Definition of refrigerator 

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

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Leave soup in refrigerator until thoroughly chilled. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Silky Sweet Corn Soup with Indian Coconut-Cilantro Chutney," 11 July 2018 Store in refrigerator in an airtight container 4 days. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep your cool: No-heat cooking keeps you comfortable and the food fresh," 5 July 2018 If possible, cook the day before and leave in refrigerator overnight. Barbara Mahany,, "Retro cookbooks offer comforts from another era for these uncertain times," 29 June 2018 Some said they had been shown a corpse — a claim supported by a photographer who sneaked into the clinic and took a picture of a dead baby in a refrigerator. James Badcock,, "Obstetrician's trial could unlock secrets of Spain's stolen babies scandal," 25 June 2018 By leaving the grinder in the walk-in refrigerator, Kapur ensures that even the friction of grinding can’t melt the fat and risk the emulsion breaking. Ali Bouzari,, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 Transfer to jars and store in refrigerator up to 3 days. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Marinated Mushrooms," 21 June 2018 Place shrimp back in bowl and toss gently with two teaspoons Old Bay or Creole seasoning and 1 teaspoon garlic; place bowl in refrigerator until ready to use. 2. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Grilling season is here; prosciutto-wrapped shrimp are a perfect way to celebrate," 31 May 2018 Add marinade, stir and chill overnight in refrigerator. Ann Maloney,, "New Orleans Greek Fest invites you to dine, wine on the bayou," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of refrigerator

1611, in the meaning defined above

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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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