Definition of Festschrift in English:


Line breaks: Fest|schrift
Pronunciation: /ˈfɛstˌʃrɪft

noun (plural Festschriften or Festschrifts)

  • A collection of writings published in honour of a scholar: on his sixtieth birthday he received a Festschrift with contributions from over thirty colleagues
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    • The first issue was subtitled ‘A Festschrift in Honor of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions.’
    • As Benjamin Britten remarked in a Festschrift published on Michael Tippett's sixtieth birthday, the birthday boy can feel that he is ‘already dead and that the musicologists are busy on the corpse’.
    • John Beattie, the pre-eminent historian of English crime and punishment, has already been honoured with an excellent Festschrift.


late 19th century: from German, from Fest 'celebration' + Schrift 'writing'.

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