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festa

[fes-tuh] /ˈfɛs tə/
noun
1.
a feast, festival, or holiday.
Origin of festa
1810-1820
1810-20; < Italian < Latin: holiday, plural of fēstum. See fest
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  • He told us he had sung the Sanctus here at the festa on the preceding Sunday.

  • I would come, too, but I think a stranger would spoil the festa.

    The Call of the Blood Robert Smythe Hichens
  • On these days, they always dress the church of the saint in whose honour the festa is holden, very gaily.

    Pictures from Italy Charles Dickens
  • The mere thought of the festa would prevent him from sleeping.

    The Call of the Blood Robert Smythe Hichens
  • In short, Venice and her people were seen, in all the gaiety and carelessness of a favorite Italian festa.

    The Bravo J. Fenimore Cooper
  • He said to himself that he was going to the festa at Castel Vecchio.

    The Call of the Blood Robert Smythe Hichens
  • In the church the priests were preparing for a festa in honour of S. Anthony of Padua.

    Etna G. F. Rodwell
  • Oh, signore, why did you go down to the sea instead of coming to the festa?

    The Call of the Blood Robert Smythe Hichens
  • Possibly Vere would play into his hands when they got to the festa.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Vicente's Auto da festa was similarly acted in a private house.

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