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Le Repas – Meal

Le Repas – Meal

In today’s lesson we’ll look at the simple yet highly useful masculine noun repas, which means “meal”. Quel est on repas préféré? What is your favorite meal? Let’s begin!

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Word origin

According to, the Modern French masculine noun repas (meal) comes from Old French repast, which in turn comes from pastus (pasture, graze, feeding) in Latin.


The pronunciation of repas (meals) is: ruh-pah or [ʀəpɑ].

Example sentences

For this first example sentence, we’re using the verb prendre (literally to take) to mean to have or consume a meal.

Combien de repas prends-tu par jour ?

How many meals do you eat per day?

For these next two sentences, déjeuner means “lunch” while petit déjeuner means “breakfast”.

Mon repas préféré est le petit déjeuner.

My favorite meal is breakfast.

Dîner in French is both a noun and a verb, meaning “dinner” and “to dine” or “have dinner”.

Les trois repas sont le petit déjeuner, le déjeuner et le dîner.

The three meals are breakfast, lunch and dinner.

In French the verb préparer (literally to prepare) is used in the context of “making” a meal.

Monsieur DuPont prépare un bon repas pour sa femme.

Mr. DuPont makes a good meal for his wife.


Et voilà ! Now you know how to use repas (meal) in French. Now check out our lesson covering French food vocabulary! Two other posts worth checking out cover the typical French breakfast and lunch.

le repas: French masculine noun meaning "meal".

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David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private online lessons. When procrastinating working on FrenchLearner, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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