Definition of festive in English:

festive

Line breaks: fes|tive
Pronunciation: /ˈfɛstɪv
 
/

adjective

Derivatives

festively

adverb
More example sentences
  • Evan flagged down a taxi and held the side door open while Alex took a look around them at the festively lighted streets.
  • Can the Metropolitan Opera open a new season festively and still make an artistic statement?
  • The factory was festively decorated for the 100 guests and visitors who came to the opening.

festiveness

noun
More example sentences
  • The closest I've felt to festiveness thus far was at my work Christmas function, but that might have actually been drunkenness.
  • When I've been in Muslim countries, you go and eat in people's homes, and there's a sense of being together and festiveness and community.
  • While this may be due to the fact that the structure of apartment buildings makes pasting of couplets difficult, it detracts from much of the festiveness of the occasion.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin festivus, from festum, (plural) festa 'feast'.

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