Topic: MUSIC

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: refraindre 'to make sound', from Latin refringere; REFRACT


2 noun
refrain2 [countable]
1APM part of a song or poem that is repeated, especially at the end of each verse [↪ chorus]
2 formal a remark or idea that is often repeated:
Our proposal met with the constant refrain that the company could not afford it.

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