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

Synonyms for repast

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of repast in a Sentence

Noun 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 Uncle Clifford goes to the after-funeral repast to pick up some chitlins for her grandmother. Dawn Burkes, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2022 When the news broke in Uvalde, one Buffalo family had just returned home from a repast after burying their relative. New York Times, 7 July 2022 The officer drove to the scene and found a large crowd at a repast. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 13 June 2022 At the end of the play, the performers sit onstage, pass around bowls of food and happily proceed to enjoy a light repast as if exhausted from their efforts. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2022 Our last night’s repast was on the historic grounds of a winery in Valpolicella, about an hour from Vicenza and situated between Lake Garda and the Euganean Hills. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 17 Dec. 2021 At night, Bar Margot will have a three-course Southern repast with three-cheese macaroni and cheese and green bean casserole. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 For a July 28, 2004, Express-News story on the home, mid-1940s resident James Mosier recalled attending dances and playing softball against church league teams, followed by a repast of hot dogs cooked by the coach. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, 19 June 2021 Shadie and friends opted to bring their own food, but both Picnic Party Cleveland and Picnics by the Lake work with local vendors to provide a tasty repast. cleveland, 22 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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“Repast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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