- a box, room, or cabinet in which food, drink, etc., are kept cool by means of ice or mechanical refrigeration.
- the part of a distilling apparatus that cools the volatile material, causing it to condense; condenser; rectifier.
- a chamber in which food, drink, etc, are kept coolInformal word: fridge
1610s, “something that cools,” agent noun from refrigerate. As “cabinet for keeping food cool,” 1824, originally in the brewery trade, in place of earlier refrigeratory (c.1600). The electric-powered household device was available from c.1918.