Something is refreshing if it reinvigorates you, or seems new and exciting. The offer of a refreshing glass of iced tea would be especially refreshing if it came from your normally cranky sister.

Mint toothpaste is refreshing — clean and brisk — and a cool ocean breeze is refreshing on a hot day. If you're used to seeing wilted salads and pale lasagna in your school cafeteria every day, a refreshing change would be a taco bar or homemade pizza. Refreshing comes from the verb refresh, which has a Germanic root similar to frisc, "fresh" in Old High German.

Definitions of refreshing
  1. adjective
    imparting vitality and energy
    synonyms: bracing, brisk, fresh, refreshful, tonic
    imparting strength and vitality
  2. adjective
    pleasantly new or different
    “common sense of a most refreshing sort”
    synonyms: novel
    not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered
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