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refreshment Line breaks: re¦fresh|ment
Pronunciation: /rɪˈfrɛʃm(ə)nt/

Definition of refreshment in English:


1 (usually refreshments) A light snack or drink: light refreshments are available [mass noun]: an ample supply of liquid refreshment
More example sentences
  • 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, fare, liquid refreshment;
informal nibbles, eats, grub, bread, nosh, chow, booze
British informal scoff
North American informal chuck
2 [mass noun] The giving of fresh strength or energy: holidays 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.


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

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