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 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 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

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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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The first known use of repast was in the 14th century

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something of little or no value

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