One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A refreshing drink (now rare); a light meal or snack; a reception at which refreshments are served.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Richard Pococke (1704–1765), traveller and Church of Ireland bishop of Ossory, of Elphin, and of Meath. From Italian rinfresco refreshment, refreshing drink, light course or meal consisting of appetizers and refreshments from rinfrescare.
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