Definition of freshet in English:


Syllabification: fresh·et
Pronunciation: /ˈfreSHət


  • 1The flood of a river from heavy rain or melted snow.
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    • Particularly high spring freshets would flood the quarries and put off the opening of the season.
    • Natural freshets, prolonged infusions of freshwater from the rain or rivers, can kill oysters in a matter of weeks, and Fox suspected that something similar had destroyed his crop.
    • Remember, the Fraser cutthroat fishery is hugely impacted, if not terminated, when the freshet begins.
  • 1.1A rush of fresh water flowing into the sea.
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    • The springs and freshets which had been loosed in the course of the city's excavation had also been trained, and streams ran cheerfully down rough, natural-looking beds carefully inset into the smooth floors of passages and halls.
    • This was perhaps due to the fall-spawning habit of the brook trout; the eggs of the spring-spawning rainbow and cutthroat were more likely to be washed out by freshets following spring snowmelt.
    • As spring freshets go in British Columbia's Central Interior, the year 2000 was relatively sane.


late 16th century: probably from Old French freschete, diminutive of freis 'fresh'.

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