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[n. ri-past, -pahst, ree-past, -pahst; v. ri-past, -pahst] /n. rɪˈpæst, -ˈpɑst, ˈri pæst, -pɑst; v. rɪˈpæst, -ˈpɑst/
a quantity of food taken or provided for one occasion of eating:
to eat a light repast.
a meal:
the evening repast.
the time during which a meal is eaten; mealtime.
Archaic. the taking of food, as at a meal.
Obsolete, food.
verb (used without object)
to eat or feast (often followed by on or upon).
Origin of repast
1300-50; Middle English (noun) < Old French, derivative (compare past < Latin pāstus fodder) of repaistre to eat a meal < Late Latin repāscere to feed regularly, equivalent to Latin re- re- + pāscere to feed (cf. pasture) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for repast
  • Locals flock to them, often making a hearty late-morning repast their only meal of the day, prior to dinner.
  • The menu is balanced to allow you to partake of a three-course meal or a late-night light repast.
  • The organism produces a toxin that makes plants the last repast of common insect pests.
  • The standard repast is a little bowl of caviar with toast points, a bit of chopped egg, the usual.
  • Drinking a tradition is what it is and it does indeed provide the perfect cap to any satisfying repast.
  • The repast is enlivened by a thorough critique of the performance of the morning's events.
  • Everything must come to an end at last, and even a mediaeval repast is no exception to this rule.
  • Wise's, father of the bride, where a rich repast was served.
  • After the wedding rites had been said a bounteous repast was served.
British Dictionary definitions for repast


a meal or the food provided at a meal: a light repast
  1. food in general; nourishment
  2. the act of taking food or refreshment
(intransitive) (archaic) to feed (on)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from repaistre to feed, from Late Latin repāscere to nourish again, from Latin re- + pāscere to feed, pasture (of animals)
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Word Origin and History for repast

late 14c., from Old French repast (Modern Frech repas) "a meal, food," from Late Latin repastus "meal" (also source of Spanish repasto, noun use of past participle of repascere "to feed again," from Latin re- "repeatedly" (see re-) + pascere "to graze" (see pastor). The verb (intransitive) is from late 15c.

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