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

adj imparting vitality and energy

bracing, brisk, fresh, refreshful, tonic
imparting strength and vitality

adj pleasantly new or different

“common sense of a most refreshing sort”
not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered

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