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From ante- + Latin pastus (pasture, food). Compare repast and Italian antipasto.


antepast (plural antepasts)

  1. A foretaste.
    • 1664-1667, Jeremy Taylor, Dissuasive from Popery
      antepasts of joy and comforts
    • 1782, John Wesley, Hymn to the Holy Ghost
      this antepast of heaven

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for antepast in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)