Definition of feast in English:


Syllabification: feast
Pronunciation: /fēst


1A large meal, typically one in celebration of something: a wedding feast
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  • Traditional elements of the festival, including the gourmet dinner, restaurant meal deals and roving feasts, will remain.
  • We collect donations and the leftovers of wedding feasts and feed the poor.
  • Medieval banquets, Viking feasts, dinner parties, wedding ceremonies, conferences and exhibitions: you name it, this venue can do it.
banquet, celebration meal, lavish dinner;
revels, festivities
informal blowout, spread
1.1A plentiful supply of something enjoyable, especially for the mind or senses: the concert season offers a feast of classical music
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  • The week will then offer a feast of music and poetry.
  • While the game didn't offer a feast of goals for fans back home to enjoy during their World Cup breakfast, it was a case of the result counting for far more than the performance.
  • In Italy, spring offers a feast of events for the art lover.
treat, delight, joy, pleasure
1.2An annual religious celebration.
1.3A day dedicated to a particular saint: the feast of St. Joseph
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  • In Russian tradition, name days - feasts of major saints - are more important than birthdays.
  • The most distinctive buildings, events, customs, and ideas are Catholic, from the many community churches and chapels, to the saints' days' feasts, to the week-long wakes in the homes of the dead.
  • The biggest holiday among Basques is the feast of their patron saint, Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order.
(religious) festival, feast day, saint's day, holy day, holiday


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1Eat and drink sumptuously: the men would congregate and feast after hunting
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  • They shared, according to Tacitus, a war orientated Teutonic lifestyle with a veneration for the portentous powers of sage women and a predilection for feasting and drinking to excess.
  • The assistant peered through the window and saw a group of people feasting, drinking, and reveling.
  • There, musicians played and people danced and sang and drank and feasted.
gorge on, dine on, eat one's fill of, overindulge in, binge on;
eat, devour, consume, partake of
informal stuff one's face with, stuff oneself with, pig out on, chow down on
1.1 (feast on) Eat large quantities of: we sat feasting on barbecued chicken and beer
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  • I'm lucky, for I've got an invite to a bash in the Drill Hall where I spend the night dancing, drinking and feasting on mutton soup, pies and sandwiches.
  • In the summer they have parties on each allotment in turn, feasting on barbecues and getting sloshed on homemade wines.
  • But, whereas the vast majority of youngsters tucked into chips and feasted on cake, fresh fruit and yoghurts were not as popular.
1.2 [with object] Give (someone) a plentiful and delicious meal: he was feasted and invited to all the parties
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  • It was at these capitals where the chief would feast his people after collecting very beautiful and attractive sand, which he spread around the palace.
  • In ancient times, before a battle, a general would feast his soldiers with alcohol and meat.
  • The night before Greatgrandfather left, the village feasted him and sang music and poured jugs of beer over his head.
hold a banquet for, throw a party for, wine and dine, entertain lavishly, regale, treat, fête


Middle English: from Old French feste (noun), fester (verb), from Latin festa, neuter plural of festus 'joyous'. Compare with fête and fiesta.


skeleton at the feast

A person or thing that brings gloom or sadness to an otherwise pleasant or celebratory occasion.
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  • The party has become used to such phantom presences: for the past four years, its former idol appeared like the proverbial ghost at the feast to deliver his speech, take the plaudits, yet shun the centre stage.
  • It is also the ghost at the feast of much polite society in Northern Ireland.
  • But his eyes were drawn nevertheless to the filthy bundle of rags, the skeleton at the feast.

feast one's eyes on

Gaze at with pleasure.
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  • This event is being shared by over 40 countries and here in Sligo the line up is one to feast your eyes on.
  • We found ourselves running round the museum as closing time approached, trying to feast our eyes on as many of the archaeological treasurers as possible, devouring every ancient tale and fable.
  • Marie helped me up, and we feasted our eyes on how big it was.

feast or famine

Either too much of something or too little.
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  • The cycle of feast or famine in production may not be as extreme as it once was but it still exists and there can be significant dry spells when a large-scale film facility would be filled with the sounds of silence.
  • It's been feast or famine at the company.
  • It's feast or famine at golf clubs and we're feasting at the moment.



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  • It can be seen in the way in which animals for slaughter may be placed in order around the altar, or, alternatively, the prospective feasters may arrange themselves around a single animal.
  • The animals provide a high level of nutrition for the feasters, and the act of eating them is a sharing of flesh and blood.

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