Definition of festivity in English:

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Pronunciation: /feˈstivədē/

noun (plural festivities)

1The celebration of something in a joyful and exuberant way: the season of festivity and goodwill
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  • The annual Killybegs Festival was an extravaganza of display and festivity to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Killybegs Fishermen's Organisation.
  • Even though the appearance put in by the celebrity was all too brief (her name did not figure in the invitation card), the dose of glamour proved to be just the kind of kick start desired by the organisers, in this season of festivity.
  • In an age when every moment of festivity is celebrated only by being swallowed by the endless advertising of Multi-National Corporations, it's easy to forget what life truly is about.
jubilation, merriment, gaiety, cheerfulness, cheer, joyfulness, jollity, conviviality, high spirits, revelry
1.1A festive celebration: she had caught Susan taking a bunch of bouquets at the conclusion of an earlier festivity
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  • Her going to the festivity could have saved her sister's life, but she had been selfish, thinking only of her popularity and of her new friends.
  • That all changed when I saw an advertisement in the newspaper for a grand festivity sure to be remembered forever in the annals of history.
  • Many passengers had been preparing for the festivity all day.
1.2 (festivities) Activities or events celebrating a special occasion: the Chinese New Year is celebrated with a multitude of festivities
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  • Throughout the year, events and festivities will celebrate the way the sea touches our lives.
  • Plans are being developed for the inaugural festivities to celebrate the history and spirit of Keighley.
  • It was a most enjoyable social occasion and the festivities went on throughout the weekend.
celebration, festival, entertainment, party, jamboree;
informal bash


Late Middle English: from Old French festivite or Latin festivitas, from festivus 'festive', from festum, (plural) festa 'feast'.

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Syllabification: fes·tiv·i·ty

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