Definition of feast in English:
- Traditional elements of the festival, including the gourmet dinner, restaurant meal deals and roving feasts, will remain.
- We collect donations and the leftovers of wedding feasts and feed the poor.
- Medieval banquets, Viking feasts, dinner parties, wedding ceremonies, conferences and exhibitions: you name it, this venue can do it.
- The week will then offer a feast of music and poetry.
- While the game didn't offer a feast of goals for fans back home to enjoy during their World Cup breakfast, it was a case of the result counting for far more than the performance.
- In Italy, spring offers a feast of events for the art lover.
- In Russian tradition, name days - feasts of major saints - are more important than birthdays.
- The most distinctive buildings, events, customs, and ideas are Catholic, from the many community churches and chapels, to the saints' days' feasts, to the week-long wakes in the homes of the dead.
- The biggest holiday among Basques is the feast of their patron saint, Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order.
- At Kelfield, near Selby, locals got a good soaking in a medieval ducking stool - a star attraction at the annual village feast held on Saturday.
- The growing community spirit is also set to lead to the resurrection next June of the annual village feast, which was last held in the 1930s.
- Festivals were holidays and feasts and the Church even said there should be no fasting on such days.
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- They shared, according to Tacitus, a war orientated Teutonic lifestyle with a veneration for the portentous powers of sage women and a predilection for feasting and drinking to excess.
- The assistant peered through the window and saw a group of people feasting, drinking, and reveling.
- There, musicians played and people danced and sang and drank and feasted.
- I'm lucky, for I've got an invite to a bash in the Drill Hall where I spend the night dancing, drinking and feasting on mutton soup, pies and sandwiches.
- In the summer they have parties on each allotment in turn, feasting on barbecues and getting sloshed on homemade wines.
- But, whereas the vast majority of youngsters tucked into chips and feasted on cake, fresh fruit and yoghurts were not as popular.
- It was at these capitals where the chief would feast his people after collecting very beautiful and attractive sand, which he spread around the palace.
- In ancient times, before a battle, a general would feast his soldiers with alcohol and meat.
- The night before Greatgrandfather left, the village feasted him and sang music and poured jugs of beer over his head.
People have been celebrating special occasions with a feast since the Middle Ages, and appropriately the word goes back to Latin festus meaning ‘joyous’. Festival (Middle English) derives from the closely related Latin word festivus. A festoon (mid 17th century) comes from the same root, being at first a festival ornament. In the Christian Church the date of some festivals like Easter, known as movable feasts, varies from year to year. A skeleton at the feast is someone or something who casts gloom on what should be a happy occasion. This goes back to a story told in the 5th century bc by the Greek historian Herodotus. In ancient Egypt a painted carving of a body in a coffin was carried round the room at parties, and shown to guests with the warning that this was how they would be one day.
ghost (or skeleton) at the feast
- A person or thing that brings gloom to an otherwise pleasant occasion.Example sentences
- The party has become used to such phantom presences: for the past four years, its former idol appeared like the proverbial ghost at the feast to deliver his speech, take the plaudits, yet shun the centre stage.
- It is also the ghost at the feast of much polite society in Northern Ireland.
- But his eyes were drawn nevertheless to the filthy bundle of rags, the skeleton at the feast.
feast one's eyes on
- Gaze at with pleasure.Example sentences
- This event is being shared by over 40 countries and here in Sligo the line up is one to feast your eyes on.
- We found ourselves running round the museum as closing time approached, trying to feast our eyes on as many of the archaeological treasurers as possible, devouring every ancient tale and fable.
- Marie helped me up, and we feasted our eyes on how big it was.
feast or famine
- Either too much of something or too little: your cash flow has been feast or famine recentlyMore example sentences
- The cycle of feast or famine in production may not be as extreme as it once was but it still exists and there can be significant dry spells when a large-scale film facility would be filled with the sounds of silence.
- It's been feast or famine at the company.
- It's feast or famine at golf clubs and we're feasting at the moment.
- Example sentences
- It can be seen in the way in which animals for slaughter may be placed in order around the altar, or, alternatively, the prospective feasters may arrange themselves around a single animal.
- The animals provide a high level of nutrition for the feasters, and the act of eating them is a sharing of flesh and blood.
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