an assembly of people engaged in a common activity (often used in combination): filmfest; gabfest; love-fest; poetry fest.

< German Fest festival, holiday (see feast), as in Sängerfest choral festival

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fest (fɛst)
a.  a meeting or event at which the emphasis is on a particular activity: a fashion fest
 b.  (in combination): schmaltz-fest; lovefest
[C19: from German Fest festival]

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Example sentences
We interrupt this critter fest to bring you a landscape appreciation moment.
The science fest promises to melt your mind in more ways than one.
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.
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