What is a repast? (From Chan Tsao's Dream of the Red Chamber)
Something taken as food; a meal.
The repast over, each one was presented by a waiting-maid, with tea in a small tea tray; but the Lin family had all along impressed upon the mind of their daughter that in order to show due regard to happiness, and to preserve good health, it was essential, after every meal, to wait a while, before drinking any tea, so that it should not do any harm to the intestines.
From Chan Tsao's Dream of the Red Chamber.