re·​past | \ ri-ˈpast How to pronounce repast (audio) , ˈrē-ˌpast\

Definition of repast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something taken as food : meal
2 : the act or time of taking food


re·​past | \ ri-ˈpast How to pronounce repast (audio) \
repasted; repasting; repasts

Definition of repast (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

obsolete : feed

intransitive verb

: to take food : feast

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Synonyms for repast

Synonyms: Noun

chow, feed, meal, menu, mess, refection, table

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Examples of repast in a Sentence


She offered us a light repast before we set out on our trip. monks taking their evening repast in silence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Executed by scenographer Charles Kaisin, the repast included orbiting entrées, edible moon rocks, and a series of eye-catching ensembles worn by the staff. Catherine Scott, Vogue, "Cartier Launches a New Jewelry Collection With an Out of This World Dinner Party," 25 Jan. 2019 Her repast will be held at Army & Navy club in Manchester CT. Hartford Courant,, "Jackqueline Tashima Johnson," 10 July 2018 If the weather's fine, consider an al fresco repast, picking up some snacks at Harrods famous food hall and enjoying them in nearby Hyde Park. Michelle Locke,, "London on a budget: How to save on airfare, lodging and more," 30 May 2018 After the repast, Goodman said, the family returned to the house on East Lanvale Street near Barclay Street in Greenmount West, when police surrounded it and called in a SWAT team. Christina Tkacik,, "Family ejected from Baltimore home by police — including SWAT team — after attending viewing," 17 Apr. 2018 More than 160 hunters, trappers, and anglers from around the state attended the Sunday afternoon repast. Kevin Riordan,, "Bear, boar, pickerel and politics on N.J. 'Wild Game Night' menu | Kevin Riordan," 10 Apr. 2018 After the funeral, a repast will be held at 3 p.m. at Renfroe Middle. Ajc Homepage, ajc, "Funeral Saturday for 14-year-old girl stabbed in Decatur apartment," 30 Mar. 2018 Bloomfield, followed by a repast at the VFW, 276 Broad St., Windsor. Hartford Courant,, "Kenneth Waller Sr.," 18 Mar. 2018 He is known for being Francis Mallmann, the Patagonian dandy who can put together a royal repast in a clearing in the forest, using little more than a few sticks tied together and a smoldering flame surrounded by stones. João Canziani, Esquire, "Is Francis Mallmann the Most Interesting Chef in the World?," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of repast


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for repast


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from (soi) repaistre to feed upon, from re- + pestre, paistre to feed, from Latin pascere — more at food

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