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festival

[fes-tuh-vuh l] /ˈfɛs tə vəl/
noun
1.
a day or time of religious or other celebration, marked by feasting, ceremonies, or other observances:
the festival of Christmas; a Roman festival.
2.
a periodic commemoration, anniversary, or celebration:
an annual strawberry festival.
3.
a period or program of festive activities, cultural events, or entertainment:
a music festival.
4.
gaiety; revelry; merrymaking.
adjective
5.
festal:
a festival atmosphere of unrestrained joy.
Origin of festival
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Medieval Latin fēstivālis (diēs) holy (day). See festive, -al1
Related forms
prefestival, noun
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  • When he finished the score for the first Bayreuth festival in 1876 he had turned 60.

    The Perfect Wagnerite George Bernard Shaw
  • This festival, in honour of Dionysus, was observed with great splendour.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • His family were relieved by his meekness with regard to the May Day festival.

    More William Richmal Crompton
  • This was a common practice during the festival of Thargelia, in honour of Phœbus.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • festival of the ancient gods, for which preparation was made the day before by fasting.

British Dictionary definitions for festival

festival

/ˈfɛstɪvəl/
noun
1.
a day or period set aside for celebration or feasting, esp one of religious significance
2.
any occasion for celebration, esp one which commemorates an anniversary or other significant event
3.
an organized series of special events and performances, usually in one place: a festival of drama
4.
(archaic) a time of revelry; merrymaking
5.
(modifier) relating to or characteristic of a festival
Word Origin
C14: from Church Latin fēstivālis of a feast, from Latin festīvusfestive
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Word Origin and History for festival
n.

1580s, from earlier adjective (14c.), from Old French festival "suitable for a feast, solemn, magnificent, joyful, happy," and directly from Medieval Latin festivalis "of a church holiday" (see festivity).

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