Definition of festive in English:

festive

Line breaks: fes|tive
Pronunciation: /ˈfɛstɪv
 
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adjective

1Relating to a festival, especially Christmas: the festive season is fast approaching
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  • The district carol service and our own Marks and Spencer at Christmas remind us the festive season is nearly here.
  • Since we neared the festive season of Christmas parties have been going on nonstop.
  • The final act of Christmas, it marks the end of the festive season, I guess.
1.1Cheerful and jovially celebratory: the sombre atmosphere has given way to a festive mood
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  • I am not proposing we hold back on the festive celebrations, far from it!
  • However, for Kate Wilkie it will be the first time she will be able to enjoy a festive celebration in four years.
  • Not only was this a festive celebration, but I wanted so desperately to impress Zeek.
Synonyms
jolly, merry, joyous, joyful, happy, jovial, light-hearted, cheerful, cheery, jubilant, convivial, good-time, high-spirited, gleeful, mirthful, uproarious, rollicking, backslapping, hilarious; celebratory, holiday, carnival; Christmassy
informal chirpy
dated gay

Origin

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

Derivatives

festively

adverb
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  • 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
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  • 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.

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