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festival

Line breaks: fes¦ti|val
Pronunciation: /ˈfɛstɪv(ə)l
 
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Definition of festival in English:

noun

1A day or period of celebration, typically for religious reasons: traditional Jewish festivals
More example sentences
  • We do celebrate more religious festivals than most schools, but the children enjoy it.
  • Here in Doi Tung, these tribal villagers continue to celebrate their ancient festivals and religious rituals.
  • When my sister taught at a junior school they celebrated all the religious festivals.
Synonyms
fete, fair, gala day, gala, carnival, fiesta, jamboree, pageant;
arts festival, festival of music and drama, musical festival, festival of music, science festival;
anniversary, commemoration, day of observance;
rite, ritual, ceremony
2An organized series of concerts, plays, or films, typically one held annually in the same place: a major international festival of song
More example sentences
  • The films were hand picked by organisers who travelled and networked with major international film festivals.
  • Of course, the presence of two major international jazz festivals also contributes to the country's jazzy well-being.
  • It's great for films, festivals, concerts, and of course the opportunity to study at the university.

Origin

Middle English (as an adjective): via Old French from medieval Latin festivalis, from Latin festivus, from festum, (plural) festa 'feast'.

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  • feast from (Middle English):

    People have been celebrating special occasions with a feast since the Middle Ages, and appropriately the word goes back to Latin festus meaning ‘joyous’. Festival (Middle English) derives from the closely related Latin word festivus. A festoon (mid 17th century) comes from the same root, being at first a festival ornament. In the Christian Church the date of some festivals like Easter, known as movable feasts, varies from year to year. A skeleton at the feast is someone or something who casts gloom on what should be a happy occasion. This goes back to a story told in the 5th century bc by the Greek historian Herodotus. In ancient Egypt a painted carving of a body in a coffin was carried round the room at parties, and shown to guests with the warning that this was how they would be one day.

Words that rhyme with festival

aestival (US estival)

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