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Recorded since 1665; either directly or via refreschement, from Old French refrescher (12th century; modern rafraîchir), itself from re- "again" + fresche "fresh" (Modern French frais; from a Germanic source, cognate with Old High German frisc, modern German frisch, Dutch fris etc.)



refreshment (countable and uncountable, plural refreshments)

  1. The action of refreshing; a means of restoring strength, energy or vigour.
  2. A light snack or drink.

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