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)

intransitive verb

: to take food : feast

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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 There was a repast table crammed with casseroles, Brunswick stew, fried chicken and key lime cake. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "Days After a Funeral in a Georgia Town, Coronavirus ‘Hit Like a Bomb’," 24 Mar. 2020 Research shows breakfast and lunch are also opportune times for family meals; parents can model the same healthy skills at any daily repast. Cara Rosenbloom, Washington Post, "Seven research-backed tips to make the most of family meals, no matter how often they happen," 20 Nov. 2019 Maybe your children are joining the night’s repast. Eric Velasco, al, "2 Valentine’s Day dessert recipes to make at home," 13 Feb. 2020 Last week, Laurie Rosenwald, a West Village writer, designer and painter, joined fellow regulars for an afternoon repast of tea and cookies in the reference room of the New York Society Library on the Upper East Side. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Psst, Check Out New York City’s Under-The-Radar Libraries," 11 Feb. 2020 Interment will be at Mt. Saint Benedict Cemetery, 1 Cottage Grove Road in Bloomfield, CT. with a repast to follow at Faith Congregational Church., "Anita Stringer," 28 Nov. 2019 Later that day, from 2-6 p.m., a repast and testimonial will be held at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society, 2620 W. Center St. Contact Talis Shelbourne at (414) 223-5261 or Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mildred Harpole, civil rights activist, fair housing advocate and unofficial First Lady of Milwaukee, dies at 84," 30 Oct. 2019 Following the funeral and repast, the family asks guests to join them at Gip’s Place for a homegoing celebration featuring musicians in the Alabama Blues Hall of Fame. al, "Henry 'Gip’ Gipson funeral arrangements and homegoing tribute announced," 18 Oct. 2019 After the burial, a brass band will lead a second-line along Esplanade Avenue into City Park where a public repast will be held behind the New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle. Ann Maloney,, "How to attend or tune into Leah Chase memorial, services," 8 June 2019

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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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13 May 2020

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“Repast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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