Definition of refreshment in US English:

refreshment

noun

  • 1usually refreshmentsA 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’
    • ‘Stands selling glow sticks, cotton candy and other refreshments will also be set up.’
    • ‘There will also be healthy cooking demonstrations and refreshments will be available.’
    • ‘The fee includes a T-shirt, and refreshments will be available along the route.’
    • ‘Drinks and light refreshments are now widely available around the clock.’
    • ‘Afterwards the choir were served light refreshments by some of the local ladies.’
    • ‘Camping is available next to the pub, and there will be refreshments and clothes stalls.’
    • ‘There will be a range of cakes, charity cards, raffle tickets and refreshments on sale.’
    • ‘Everyone is welcome and a kids' corner and refreshments will be available.’
    • ‘The music will be provided by Joyce Humber on the piano and there will be seasonal refreshments available.’
    • ‘Discounted copies of the book will be available and refreshments will be served.’
    • ‘Following the service those present enjoyed light refreshments and a slice of the celebration cake.’
    • ‘Take part in darts, pool and table games and eat light refreshments including homemade soup.’
    • ‘While this is going on, the Danish players make a beeline for the shade and some liquid refreshments.’
    • ‘The public are asked to bring their own picnics as only limited refreshments are available.’
    • ‘On that day or the days before, everyone is welcome for drinks and refreshments.’
    • ‘To mark the start of the new year a Club party night will take place with music, food and refreshments.’
    • ‘There were meetings between old friends, beer was drunk, and refreshments were served.’
    • ‘All who finish will receive hot drinks, soup and other refreshments and a commemorative mug.’
    • ‘Also available are hot and cold drinks and light refreshments at very reasonable prices.’
    • ‘The event will include refreshments, cakes and a raffle all in support of the Fair Trade campaign.’
    food and drink, sustenance, fare, liquid refreshment
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  • 2The giving of fresh mental or physical strength or energy.

    ‘hobbies and vacations are for refreshment and recreation’
    • ‘Return to old favourites, as you return again and again to a well-loved holiday place for refreshment.’
    • ‘This again is an opportunity for relaxation and refreshment.’
    • ‘Just 19% enjoy the eight hours a night recommended for maximum refreshment.’
    • ‘It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.’
    • ‘A long vacation is best for refreshment and relaxation after a year of busy work.’
    • ‘Dousing myself in the pool offered about the same amount of refreshment as a melted ice-cream cone.’
    • ‘I found refreshment, insight and energy to rejoin the challenge of these days.’
    • ‘I think some creative expression and refreshment is a good idea.’
    • ‘You now return, with sporadic memories, a race-transcending tan and a sense of refreshment.’
    • ‘A quick gulp from a bottle of cooled water restores energy and provides instant refreshment.’
    • ‘I looked up the Isle of Jura and Barnhill and thought it was just the place to seek refreshment and rest awhile away from every care.’
    • ‘Help me to rest in you on your Sabbath, to find peace for my soul, refreshment for my spirit and new life for my flesh.’
    • ‘Summer is a time when we all seek refreshment and rejuvenation.’
    • ‘So what is it in white wines that offers that element of refreshment?’
    • ‘Drama activities, be it games or enactment of storyboard situations infuse the air with energy, vitality and refreshment.’
    • ‘The question is, what kind of refreshment is Smith's gritty realism?’
    • ‘Where do MTNA members go during the summer for renewal, refreshment and recharging?’
    • ‘Praise to you for offering us your refreshment and revival day after day!’
    invigoration, revitalizing, revival, restoring, strengthening, enlivening, perking up, stimulation, freshening, energizing, reanimation, resuscitation, revivification, rejuvenation, regeneration, renewal
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

refreshment

/rəˈfreSHmənt//rəˈfrɛʃmənt/