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

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The Wagyu had cost $212 and was already thawing while taking up an entire shelf of the refrigerator. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Serving Raw Meat And Fish A Dinner Party Taboo?," 12 Apr. 2019 In fact, her mom hid her own stash on top of the refrigerator to prevent massive lipstick stains from magically appearing all over the walls. Hannah Miller, Harper's BAZAAR, "This is How Supermodel Grace Elizabeth Gets Ready for the Biggest Fashion Party of the Year," 10 Sep. 2018 The individual seats are more traditional with a large center console that carries both whisky glasses and champagne flutes in addition to a refrigerator. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Meet Cullinan, the First Rolls-Royce SUV," 10 May 2018 Cover tightly and transfer to the refrigerator to marinate for 24 hours. Multiple Authors, House Beautiful, "Herb-Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Sage," 1 Sep. 2010 Chill until firm, 30 minutes in the refrigerator or 15 in the freezer. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Carrot Cookie Cake," 7 Mar. 2019 Transfer to refrigerator and let chicken marinate overnight. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "How to Host a Dinner Like a Pro," 14 Feb. 2019 If the power is out, first eat foods that will spoil quickly, such as those in the refrigerator and freezer. Gary Robbins,, "Safety tips to follow before, during and after an earthquake," 8 July 2018 Storage: The largest appliance here is the refrigerator, but the storage zone isn't just for food. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Zoning," 11 Feb. 2019

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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


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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