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 According to the brand, the refrigerator is also eco-friendly and made with a freon-free semiconductor chip. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, "Best Prime Day 2020 beauty and wellness deals," 14 Oct. 2020 All apples are best stored in plastic bags in the refrigerator, away from carrots and cut onions, and will keep nicely for several weeks. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Versatile Minnesota apples have a savory side, too," 14 Oct. 2020 Place the mixture in the refrigerator for a few hours so that the dough holds better when rolling into 1 1/4-inch balls. Sonia Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "An ode to plátanos maduros and other Latin holiday dishes," 14 Oct. 2020 Cold apples can also keep that caramel from sliding, so consider popping the apples in the refrigerator for a few minutes until cold to the touch. Line large baking sheet with nonstick foil. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "Caramel Apples," 1 Oct. 2020 Serve at room temperature, or store eggplant in its liquid, in the refrigerator, for weeks and weeks. Tamar Adler, The New Yorker, "Preserving Vegetables for Winter Is a Balm," 1 Oct. 2020 Do not store garlic in the refrigerator because cool temperatures combined with moisture stimulate sprouting. oregonlive, "It’s time to plant garlic in Oregon; here’s what you need to know," 28 Sep. 2020 Have some cut up in the refrigerator for after-school snacks. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how you can entice kids to eat more vegetables," 26 Sep. 2020 Mix, pat and bring dough together, then wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for one hour. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Veggie Option: These savory pies are a handful," 24 Sep. 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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20 Oct 2020

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“Refrigerator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 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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