Definition of festoon in English:

festoon

Syllabification: fes·toon
Pronunciation: /fesˈto͞on
 
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noun

  • 1A chain or garland of flowers, leaves, or ribbons, hung in a curve as a decoration.
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    • Houses are decorated with colourful festoons, stars and cut-outs depicting the Lord Jesus' life and, of course, the quintessential Christmas tree.
    • Non-biodegradable plastic festoons would decorate the medians and would pose an adventurous journey for road users.
    • On this, the Swarovski crystal and pearls are strung like a festoon of flowers, with hanging clusters terminating in big pieces of aqua quartz.
    Synonyms
    garland, chain, lei, swathe, swag, loop
  • 1.1A carved or molded ornament representing a festoon.
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    • The mold-blown scallop shell vase in Plate XIII is decorated with festoons reminiscent of Phoenician glass.
    • At the centre of the front of Croker's enormous sideboard is a carved vase full of flowers flanked by great seaweedy festoons of fruit, flowers and foliage.
    • The painted body of the stately Beekman coach is adorned with the family's coat of arms, crest, and applied floral festoons.

verb

[with object] (often be festooned with) Back to top  
  • Adorn (a place) with ribbons, garlands, or other decorations: the room was festooned with balloons and streamers
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    • Today, the roundabouts are festooned with decorations and blue and yellow lights.
    • The hall was lined with great columns down both sides, and the whole area was festooned with banners and garlands of flowers.
    • The immediate area is festooned with posters calling for the clean-up.
    Synonyms
    decorate, adorn, ornament, trim, deck (out), hang, loop, drape, swathe, garland, wreathe, bedeck
    informal do up/out, get up, trick out
    literary bedizen

Origin

mid 17th century: from French feston, from Italian festone 'festal ornament', from festum 'feast'.

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