Definition of refreshment in English:


Syllabification: re·fresh·ment
Pronunciation: /riˈfreSHmənt


  • 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


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

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