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festoon Syllabification: fes·toon
Pronunciation: /feˈsto͞on/

Definition of festoon in English:


1A chain or garland of flowers, leaves, or ribbons, hung in a curve as a decoration.
Example sentences
  • 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.
garland, chain, lei, swathe, swag, loop
1.1A carved or molded ornament representing a festoon.
Example sentences
  • 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.


[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
More example sentences
  • 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.
decorate, adorn, ornament, trim, deck (out), hang, loop, drape, swathe, garland, wreathe, bedeck
informal do up/out, get up, trick out
literary bedizen


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

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