Origin of refrainMiddle English refreinen from Old French refrener from Classical Latin refrenare from re-, back + frenare, to curb from frenum, rein
Tanner refrains from spending his allowance because he is saving up for a skateboard.
- The definition of a refrain is the part of a song or poem that is repeated.
An example of refrain is the part "The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind, The answer is blowin' in the wind." in Peter Paul and Mary's 1960's folk song "Blowing in the Wind."
- Refrain is defined as to keep from doing, feeling or saying something.
An example of refrain is for a child to hold his tongue instead of talking back to his parent.
- a phrase, verse, or verses repeated at intervals in a song or poem, as after each stanza
- music for this
Origin of refrainMiddle English refreine from Middle French refrain from Old French refraindre, to break, repress, modulate from Vulgar Latin an unverified form refrangere, for Classical Latin refringere, to break off: see refract
Origin of refrainMiddle English refreinen from Old French refrener to restrain from Latin refrēnāre re- re- frēnāre to restrain ( from frēnum bridle ) ( from frendere to grind ; see ghrendh- in Indo-European roots.)
- a. A phrase, verse, or group of verses repeated at intervals throughout a song or poem, especially at the end of each stanza.b. Music for the refrain of a song.
- A song or melody.
- A repeated utterance or theme.
Origin of refrainMiddle English refrein from Old French refrain alteration of refrait past participle of refraindre to break off, repeat from Vulgar Latin refrangere to break off alteration of Latin refringere ; see refract .
(third-person singular simple present refrains, present participle refraining, simple past and past participle refrained)
- (archaic) To hold back, to restrain (someone or something). [from 14th c.]
- (reflexive, archaic) To show restraint; to hold oneself back. [from 14th c.]
- (now rare) To repress (a desire, emotion etc.); to check or curb. [from 14th c.]
- (intransitive) To stop oneself from some action or interference; to abstain. [from 15th c.]
- (now rare, regional) To abstain from (food or drink). [from 16th c.]