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repast

[ noun ri-past, -pahst, ree-past, -pahst; verb ri-past, -pahst ]

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)

  1. to eat or feast (often followed by on or upon ).

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

  1. archaic.
    intr to feed (on)

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Word History and Origins

Origin of repast1

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 ( pasture )

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Word History and Origins

Origin of repast1

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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Example Sentences

They had a repast together, and Aguinaldo called for cheers for Spain, in which all heartily joined.

The cook, placed upon her mettle, served a delicious repast—a luscious tenderloin broiled a point.

On the table some kind of cold repast was laid, the viands concealed under china covers.

The startled guests filed hastily across to find a dainty but sumptuous repast served at little tables.

I visited one day, in Aberdeen, a restaurant where a copious repast was being served for the modest sum of two pence a head.

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