pertaining to or suitable for a feast or festival: festive decorations; a festive meal.
joyous; merry: a festive mood.

1645–55; < Latin fēstīvus merry, equivalent to fēst(us) festal + -īvus -ive

festively, adverb
festiveness, noun
nonfestive, adjective
nonfestively, adverb
nonfestiveness, noun
subfestive, adjective
subfestively, adverb
subfestiveness, noun
unfestive, adjective
unfestively, adverb
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festive (ˈfɛstɪv)
appropriate to or characteristic of a holiday, etc; merry
[C17: from Latin festīvus joyful, from festus of a feast]

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Word Origin & History

1650s, pertaining to a feast, from L. festivus, from festum festival, holiday. Meaning mirthful is attested by 1774.
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Example sentences
But the soda bread served in her native village and elsewhere bore little
  resemblance to our family's festive specialty.
Celebrate the season with a festive alfresco buffet.
Wreath cookies are bright and festive, whether bejeweled or simply frosted.
White bags and vellum stars make festive outdoor lanterns.
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