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festive

[fes-tiv] /ˈfɛs tɪv/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or suitable for a feast or festival:
festive decorations; a festive meal.
2.
joyous; merry:
a festive mood.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Latin fēstīvus merry, equivalent to fēst(us) festal + -īvus -ive
Related forms
festively, adverb
festiveness, noun
nonfestive, adjective
nonfestively, adverb
nonfestiveness, noun
subfestive, adjective
subfestively, adverb
subfestiveness, noun
unfestive, adjective
unfestively, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for festiveness

festive

/ˈfɛstɪv/
adjective
1.
appropriate to or characteristic of a holiday, etc; merry
Derived Forms
festively, adverb
festiveness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin festīvus joyful, from festus of a feast
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Word Origin and History for festiveness

festive

adj.

1650s, "pertaining to a feast," from Latin festivus "festive, joyous, gay," from festum "festival, holiday," noun use of neuter of adjective festus (see feast (n.)).

Meaning "mirthful" is attested by 1774. Unattested from 1651 to 1735; modern use may be a back-formation from festivity. Related: Festively; festiveness.

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