Meaning of “refreshing” in the English Dictionary

"refreshing" in British English

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refreshingadjective

uk /rɪˈfreʃ.ɪŋ/ us /rɪˈfreʃ.ɪŋ/

C1 making you feel less hot or tired:

There's nothing more refreshing on a hot day than a cold beer.

C1 pleasantly different and interesting:

It's a refreshing change to see a losing team shaking hands and still smiling after a match.

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refreshingly
adverb uk /rɪˈfreʃ.ɪŋ.li/ us /rɪˈfreʃ.ɪŋ.li/

refreshingly cold water
figurative a woman with refreshingly original ideas

(Definition of “refreshing” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"refreshing" in American English

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refreshingadjective

us /rɪˈfreʃ·ɪŋ/

bringing new energy and strength in a pleasant and often unexpected way:

a refreshing breeze on a hot day
[ + to infinitive ] It’s refreshing to see so many young families moving into the neighborhood.
refreshingly
adverb us /rɪˈfreʃ·ɪŋ·li/

a refreshingly honest statement

(Definition of “refreshing” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)