Definition of refreshment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    refreshment

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    noun
    BrE BrE//rɪˈfreʃmənt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈfreʃmənt//
     
     
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  1. 1refreshments [plural] drinks and small amounts of food that are provided or sold to people in a public place or at a public event Light refreshments will be served during the break. Tickets include the price of refreshments.
  2. 2[uncountable] (formal) food and drink In York we had a short stop for refreshment. Can we offer you some refreshment? a refreshment room/kiosk/tent (humorous) liquid refreshment (= alcoholic drink)
  3. 3[uncountable] (formal) the fact of making somebody feel stronger or less tired or hot a place to rest and find refreshment for mind and body
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (originally referring to the giving of fresh strength or energy): from Old French refreschement, from the verb refreschier, from re- ‘back’ + fres(che) ‘fresh’.Extra examples We stopped for refreshment after an hour. We stopped for refreshment halfway through the journey. We’re allowed twenty minutes for refreshment. What are we going to have for refreshments? rest and refreshment for the mind and body
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