Definition of refreshment in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈfreSHmənt/


1 (usually refreshments) A light snack or drink, especially one provided in a public place or at a public event: light refreshments are available an ample supply of liquid refreshment
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  • Drinks and light refreshments are now widely available around the clock.
  • Also available are hot and cold drinks and light refreshments at very reasonable prices.
  • Following the service those present enjoyed light refreshments and a slice of the celebration cake.
food and drink, sustenance, provender;
snacks, tidbits, eatables
informal nibbles, eats, grub, nosh, nom noms
formal comestibles
literary viands
dated victuals
archaic aliment
2The giving of fresh mental or physical strength or energy: hobbies and vacations are for refreshment and recreation
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  • A quick gulp from a bottle of cooled water restores energy and provides instant refreshment.
  • Drama activities, be it games or enactment of storyboard situations infuse the air with energy, vitality and refreshment.
  • I found refreshment, insight and energy to rejoin the challenge of these days.
invigoration, revival, stimulation, reanimation, revivification, rejuvenation, regeneration, renewal


Late Middle English (sense 2): from Old French refreschement, from the verb refreschier (see refresh).

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Syllabification: re·fresh·ment

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