follow Dictionary.com

It’s about time. We are now on Instagram!

repast

[n. ri-past, -pahst, ree-past, -pahst; v. ri-past, -pahst] /n. rɪˈpæst, -ˈpɑst, ˈri pæst, -pɑst; v. rɪˈpæst, -ˈpɑst/
noun
1.
a quantity of food taken or provided for one occasion of eating:
to eat a light repast.
2.
a meal:
the evening repast.
3.
the time during which a meal is eaten; mealtime.
4.
Archaic. the taking of food, as at a meal.
5.
Obsolete, food.
verb (used without object)
6.
to eat or feast (often followed by on or upon).
Origin
1300-1350
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)
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for repast up on

repast

/rɪˈpɑːst/
noun
1.
a meal or the food provided at a meal: a light repast
2.
(archaic)
  1. food in general; nourishment
  2. the act of taking food or refreshment
verb
3.
(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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for repast up on

repast

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for repast

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for repast

8
9
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for repast up on