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fête
Pronunciation: / fɛt /

Translation of fête in English:

nom féminin

  • 2 (jour du saint patron) See examples: c'est ma fête
    it's my (saint's) name-day
    bonne fête!
    happy name-day!
    ça va être ma fête! [ironique]
    I'm going to cop it (familier)!
    aujourd'hui, c'est la fête des pompiers
    today is the festival of the patron saint of firemen

Compounds

fête de bienfaisance

  • charity bazaar

fête fixe

  • fixed feast

fête foraine

fête légale

fête des Mères

  • Mothers' Day, Mothering Sunday (anglais britannique)

fête mobile

fête des Pères

  • Fathers' Day

fête des Rois

, fête des Rois Mages

fête du travail

Fête Nationale

Fête nationale

Idioms

le chien me fait fête quand je rentre

the dog makes a great fuss of me when I get in

[familier]
faire sa fête à quelqu'un

to give somebody a working over (familier)

ce n'est pas tous les jours la fête

(Proverbe)
you have to take the rough with the smooth, life is not a bed of roses

Cultural Note: Fête nationale

France's fête nationale is celebrated annually on the 14th July with nationwide firework displays, street parties, dancing and other local festivities. The date was chosen because of its symbolic significance, commemorating the fall of the Bastille in 1789 which signalled the end of the Ancien Régime.

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