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[fest] /fɛst/
an assembly of people engaged in a common activity (often used in combination):
filmfest; gabfest; love-fest; poetry fest.
Origin of fest
< German Fest festival, holiday (see feast), as in Sängerfest choral festival Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fest
  • We interrupt this critter fest to bring you a landscape appreciation moment.
  • fest features complex narratives about intricate ecologies.
  • Green technology is a subsidy-fest that distorted the market for the products and services of these companies.
  • It always ends up as a tea-fest though, as whenever you go by a friend's camp they invariably invite you in for a cup and a snack.
  • The science fest promises to melt your mind in more ways than one.
British Dictionary definitions for fest


  1. a meeting or event at which the emphasis is on a particular activity: a fashion fest
  2. (in combination): schmaltz-fest, lovefest
Word Origin
C19: from German Fest festival
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see -fest.

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