Definition of festival in English:

festival

Line breaks: fes¦ti|val
Pronunciation: /ˈfɛstɪv(ə)l
 
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noun

1A day or period of celebration, typically for religious reasons: traditional Jewish festivals
More example sentences
  • We do celebrate more religious festivals than most schools, but the children enjoy it.
  • Here in Doi Tung, these tribal villagers continue to celebrate their ancient festivals and religious rituals.
  • When my sister taught at a junior school they celebrated all the religious festivals.
Synonyms
fete, fair, gala day, gala, carnival, fiesta, jamboree, pageant; celebrations, festivities; arts festival, festival of music and drama, musical festival, festival of music, science festival; Welsheisteddfodholy day, feast day, saint's day, holiday; anniversary, commemoration, day of observance; rite, ritual, ceremony
2An organized series of concerts, plays, or films, typically one held annually in the same place: a major international festival of song
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  • The films were hand picked by organisers who travelled and networked with major international film festivals.
  • Of course, the presence of two major international jazz festivals also contributes to the country's jazzy well-being.
  • It's great for films, festivals, concerts, and of course the opportunity to study at the university.

Origin

Middle English (as an adjective): via Old French from medieval Latin festivalis, from Latin festivus, from festum, (plural) festa 'feast'.

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