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fête Syllabification: fête
(also fete)

Definition of fête in English:


chiefly North American A celebration or festival.
Example sentences
  • There are nine weeks left until he hands back the ceremonial chain of office and Maurice has an impossibly packed agenda right up to then of summer fêtes and community festivals, as well as short trips to Russia and China.
  • Plácido Domingo persuades the Met to revive Sly, an opera rarely seen since 1927 (then he doesn't really deliver); New York Festival of Song throws a splendid fête.
  • Organizers expect upward of 300,000 visitors; the spectacular 10-day fête includes arts festivals, workshops, a Mardi Gras parade, and sports, health and youth events.
gala, bazaar, fair, festival, fiesta, jubilee, carnival;
fundraiser, charity event


[with object] (usually be fêted) Back to top  
Honor or entertain (someone) lavishly: she was an instant celebrity, fêted by the media
More example sentences
  • But Save Montreal shaped the city we know, so much so that last week city hall - its former foe - formally fêted its main dude Michael Fish.
  • Each of the boys was awarded the Purple Heart for gallantry and their parents were fêted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House.
  • It's the usual story: we are fêted as heroines when we land at Edinburgh airport and then, within a few days, folk have forgotten our names.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'festival, fair'): from French, from Old French feste (see feast).

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