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en fête

/ɑ̃ fɛt/
adverb
1.
dressed for a festivity
2.
engaged in a festivity
Word Origin
C19: literally: in festival
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Historical Examples
  • The Island was en fête, and one of the events of the visit was the reception of a deputation from the Sultan of Morrocco.

    The Life of King Edward VII J. Castell Hopkins
  • An' purty soon we have beeg crowd, lak village she's en fête.

    Humour of the North Lawrence J. Burpee
  • Yesterday the country was en fête, the roads swarming with young and old, and the fields with children picking flowers.

    Letters from France C. E. W. Bean
  • To-day all was en fête, in preparation for the illuminations to-night.

    A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam' Annie Allnut Brassey
  • "Monsieur has forgotten that Boulevard St. Michel is en fête," said a rich contralto voice behind him.

    Mlle. Fouchette Charles Theodore Murray
  • The village was en fête, and the general atmosphere was one of jollity and enjoyment.

  • Evelyn had the good fortune to see Venice en fête, and in those days that must have been a sight well worth seeing.

    Sylva, Vol. 1 (of 2) John Evelyn
  • She liked Harsh best when it was not en fête: then one could see what a sympathetic old place it was.

    The Tragic Muse Henry James
  • On the day of rejoicing for "La Gloriosa" there was no such display, although all Madrid was en fête.

    Spanish Life in Town and Country L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
  • I forgot to say that for the glorious procession on the Thursday before the village was en fête.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan

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