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

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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 Round out your repast with one of Afghan Village’s lovely fresh fruit juices or soothing green tea. Joanna O'leary, Chron, "Here's where to break your fast in Houston this Ramadan," 14 Apr. 2021 Finally, round out your repast with carrot cake with orange cream cheese frosting. Joanna O'leary, Chron, "These Houston restaurants are offering takeaway Easter feasts," 29 Mar. 2021 For an unforgettable open-air repast even closer to the ocean’s edge, head to Equis, which neighbors the lovely adult pool one level below. Alexandra Kirkman, Forbes, "This Dazzling Ritz-Carlton Reserve In Mexico Is The Perfect Spring Break Escape," 9 Mar. 2021 After three freezing nights without power, Joyce Dorrycott awoke in her Northwest Side home Thursday morning to a warm bedroom and, for the first time in days, a hot breakfast: bacon and eggs, her usual repast. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "Left in the dark," 21 Feb. 2021 Curate your own international repast for the Super Bowl via a takeout sampler platter and flatbread ($35) from Traveler’s Table. Joanna O'leary, Chron, "Where to get the best Super Bowl takeout in Houston," 3 Feb. 2021 Another killing that outraged the city was that of 55-year-old Kim Boutte, a 55-year-old Black-masking Indian queen cut down in a hail of gunfire outside an Aug. 11 funeral repast for a murder suspect slain several days earlier. Ramon Antonio Vargas,, "Killings and shootings soared in 2020, one of New Orleans' bloodiest years since Hurricane Katrina," 1 Jan. 2021 Down-jacket weather on Saturday didn’t stop restaurant customers from getting in a sit-down repast, something like death row inmates chowing down on one of their last meals. Steve Rubenstein,, "Here's where outdoor dining is allowed in the Bay Area. But maybe not for long," 12 Dec. 2020 Like the second-line organizer who was arrested for allegedly organizing a 50-person repast. Kevin Allman,, "Kevin Allman: That Decatur Street concert was a middle finger to New Orleanians who have followed the rules," 9 Nov. 2020

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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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8 May 2021

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“Repast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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