from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A meal or the food eaten or provided at a meal.
  • intransitive v. To eat or feast.
  • transitive v. Obsolete To give food to.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A meal.
  • n. The food eaten at a meal.
  • v. To supply food to; to feast.
  • v. To take food.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of taking food.
  • n. That which is taken as food; a meal; figuratively, any refreshment.
  • v. To supply food to; to feast; to take food.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To feed; feast.
  • To take food; feast.
  • n. A meal; the act of taking food.
  • n. Food; victuals.
  • n. Refreshment through sleep; repose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the food served and eaten at one time


Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin repāstus, from past participle of repāscere, to feed : re-, re- + Latin pāscere, to feed; see pā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French repast, from the verb repaistre, from Latin repascere. (Wiktionary)


  • Hot chocolate, a popular accompaniment to la merienda, a light evening repast, is traditionally whipped until frothy with a molinillo, a ringed wooden beater invented by the Aztecs.

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  • A typical regional repast is set out in assorted clay pots.

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  • On taking this, the guest places the knife and spoon at the right side, and the fork at the left, and spreads the doily at the left, placing the finger-bowl upon it, and when the repast is finished, he dips his fingers quietly into the bowl and dries them upon his napkin.

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  • Only the centre piece for the repast was to be the newborn's placenta.

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  • The Duke breakfasted at nine and the repast was a very simple one.

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  • Their repast was a pretty long one; and these several interruptions rendered it impossible for them to hope to reach Rotherwood without travelling all night, a conviction which induced them to proceed on their way at a more hasty pace than they had hitherto used.


  • La Motte returned frequently to the trap door, to listen if any body was in the abbey; but no sound disturbed the stillness of night; at length they sat down to supper; the repast was a melancholy one.

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  •     The second reason that others might forego the repast was the thick slime dripping from the frog creature's webbed hands.


  • The second reason that others might forego the repast was the thick slime dripping from the frog creature's webbed hands.


  • With only moments to spare before taking their places in the receiving line, they fortified themselves with what Capote called a repast of "bird and bottle."

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