Definition of fête galante in English:

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fête galante

Pronunciation: /ˌfɛt ɡaˈlɒ̃t/
/fɛt ɡalɑ̃t/

noun (plural fêtes galantes pronounced same)

1An outdoor entertainment or rural festival, especially as depicted in 18th-century French painting.
Example sentences
  • They chat with the clowns and guitarists who entertain them in these fêtes galantes (amorous festivities) as freely as one would in an open-air party today.
  • These parties became veritable fêtes galantes from which the larger spectacle could be enjoyed.
1.1A painting in the fête galante genre.
Example sentences
  • Watteau's fêtes galantes, his enigmatic fantasies of courtly love, offer a feast for the eyes.
  • Based loosely on a contemporary opera-ballet of the same name, the picture is a fête galante, a poetic subject Watteau made his own.
  • His best-known works are conversation pieces, which owe a debt to the theatre, derived from French fêtes galantes.


French, literally 'elegant festival'.

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