Definition of festoon in English:


Line breaks: fes|toon
Pronunciation: /fɛˈstuːn


  • 1A chain or garland of flowers, leaves, or ribbons, hung in a curve as a decoration.
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    • Houses are decorated with colourful festoons, stars and cut-outs depicting the Lord Jesus' life and, of course, the quintessential Christmas tree.
    • Non-biodegradable plastic festoons would decorate the medians and would pose an adventurous journey for road users.
    • On this, the Swarovski crystal and pearls are strung like a festoon of flowers, with hanging clusters terminating in big pieces of aqua quartz.
  • 1.1A carved or moulded ornament representing a festoon.
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    • The mold-blown scallop shell vase in Plate XIII is decorated with festoons reminiscent of Phoenician glass.
    • At the centre of the front of Croker's enormous sideboard is a carved vase full of flowers flanked by great seaweedy festoons of fruit, flowers and foliage.
    • The painted body of the stately Beekman coach is adorned with the family's coat of arms, crest, and applied floral festoons.
  • 2A Eurasian butterfly or moth patterned with dark arcs on a lighter background:
    • a large yellowish butterfly with black and red markings (Zerynthia and other genera, family Papilionidae).a small brown moth (Apoda avellana, family Limacodidae).
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    • These festoons were one of the more common and accommodating species in the area, enabling me to get lots of nice shots.
    • The Spanish festoon is a wonderfully exotic butterfly close-up, though in flight its colours blur into a buttery mixture of all the shades on its wings and it looks much less brilliant.


[with object] (often be festooned with) Back to top  


mid 17th century: from French feston, from Italian festone 'festal ornament', from festum, (plural) festa 'feast'.

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