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[noun ri-past, -pahst, ree-past, -pahst; verb ri-past, -pahst] /noun rɪˈpæst, -ˈpɑst, ˈri pæst, -pɑst; verb 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
Historical Examples
  • Sometimes they slay their own wives, and invite their neighbours to the repast.

  • Will you not honour us so far as to sit down with us and share our repast?'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • When the officers learned that I was a Russian, they invited me to share their repast.

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

    Cleo The Magnificent

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

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • At the close of the repast, Mr Leach commissioned me to distribute 1lb.

    Adventures and Recollections Bill o'th' Hoylus End
  • Well then, proceed with your answers, and let me have the remainder of my repast.

    The Republic Plato
  • Me it concerned little where I sat, since the repast was all that I could look for; not so the others.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • Binet asked him once in the course of that repast and during a pause in the conversation.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • A solid supper, just such a repast as these people could and did appreciate.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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