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Refection

[rə-FEK-shun]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Middle English, early 1300s

1.

(literary) Refreshment by food or drink.

2.

A meal, especially a light one.

Examples of Refection in a sentence

"After a brief stop for refection, the Johnsons continued their drive home."

"The backpackers made sure to pack a refection for later in the hike."

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About Refection

While the word refection found prominence in Middle English, its origins lie in Old French. Old French borrowed the term from the Latin word “refection” and “reficere” (renew).

Did you Know?

While diners seem as American as apple pie, they weren’t always there to provide refection to passing travelers. One of the earliest examples of the diner can be found in 1872, when Rhode Island entrepreneur Walter Scott sold refreshments out of a horse-pulled cart to workers. Diners with fixed locations took off in the 1940s and ’50s and quickly became a staple of American culture.

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