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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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  • The repast was short; it lasted little more than a quarter of an hour.

    The Pearl of the Andes Gustave Aimard
  • Will you not honour us so far as to sit down with us and share our repast?'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • His repast consisted of a sandwich and a small bottle of well-frappéd champagne.

    The Clarion Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • When the officers learned that I was a Russian, they invited me to share their repast.

  • And they hastened to regale the hungry visitors with a repast of fish.

  • They eventually settled on a restaurant and ordered their repast.

    Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
  • And she drew to the sliding screens, and went off to superintend his repast.

  • She lays the tray before her son and invites me to partake of the repast.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Then the dinner by the side of the clear stream, whose pure waters furnish not the least grateful part of the repast!

  • Well then, proceed with your answers, and let me have the remainder of my repast.

    The Republic Plato
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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