repast
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ɹɪˈpɑːst/
  • (America, Northern England) IPA: /ɹɪˈpæst/
Noun

repast

  1. (now, literary) A meal.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 5”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      From dance to sweet repast they turn.
    • 1908, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
      When at last they were thoroughly toasted, the Badger summoned them to the table, where he had been busy laying a repast.
    • 2010, Pseudonymous Bosch, ''This Isn't What It Looks Like
      "'Tis true, tonight I ate my last of the royal repast."
  2. (archaic, uncountable) The food eaten at a meal.
    • c. 1590–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iii]:
      Go and get me some repast.
Translations Verb

repast (repasts, present participle repasting; past and past participle repasted)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To supply food to; to feast.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene v]:
      Repast them with my blood.
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To take food.
    • 1644, John Milton, Areopagitica; a Speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Vnlicenc’d Printing, to the Parlament of England, London: [s.n.], OCLC 879551664 ↗:
      He then, also, as before, left arbitrary the dieting and repasting of our minds.



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