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[fes-tl] /ˈfɛs tl/
pertaining to or befitting a feast, festival, holiday, or gala occasion.
Origin of festal
1470-80; < Latin fēst(um) feast + -al1
Related forms
festally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for festal
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  • The Senate had gone forth in festal robes to meet and greet him.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • The festal tea had begun, and Mrs. Thornburgh was presiding.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • All Paris that evening was one festal scene; illuminations blazing on the busts and figures of the patriot of equality.

    A History of Mourning Richard Davey
  • T is an enchantment to pilot grief to new and festal worlds!

    Semiramis and Other Plays Olive Tilford Dargan
  • The aroma from these dishes floated through the festal hall.

    Snnica Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • On the festal day he arrived exactly at eleven o'clock, direct from Mass.

    Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • When David wrote her the date of his home-coming, she made it a festal occasion.

    Clover and Blue Grass Eliza Calvert Hall
  • Three or four peasants, in festal attire, were strolling about.

  • To another, every festal occasion is "a bower of beauty and a scene of fairyland."

  • Therefore she had entered the festal hall with the victor of the day.

    Cleopatra, Complete Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for festal


another word for festive
Derived Forms
festally, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin festum holiday, banquet; see feast
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Word Origin and History for festal

late 15c., from Middle French festal, from Late Latin festalis, from Latin festum "feast" (see feast (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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