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[fe-stiv-i-tee] /fɛˈstɪv ɪ ti/
noun, plural festivities.
a festive celebration or occasion.
festivities, festive events or activities:
the festivities of Christmas.
festive character or quality; gaiety; merriment.
Origin of festivity
1350-1400; Middle English festivite (< Old French) < Latin fēstīvitās. See festive, -ity Unabridged
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  • Flutes of bubbly handed out at the door set the tone for the evening's festivities.
  • Antique cars and a party are also part of the festivities.
  • The wedding festivities were no sooner over than the stepmother began to show herself in her true colours.
  • One guy told me he was going to live-blog it, but it appears the festivities scuttled his resolve.
  • But then the celebration and festivities ended, and the real work of reunification began.
  • Elser attended the festivities, took note of the cellar's layout, and was surprised to realize that security was lax.
  • The brilliant court composer and musician is not here to witness this evening's festivities.
  • Well, parts of it anyway-but even so, a crowd of people turned out to watch the festivities.
  • Regardless of what holidays you celebrate, the end-of-year festivities are right around the corner.
  • They have three permanent servants and had hired a fourth for the festivities.
British Dictionary definitions for festivities


noun (pl) -ties
merriment characteristic of a festival, party, etc
any festival or other celebration
(pl) festive proceedings; celebrations
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Word Origin and History for festivities



late 14c., from Old French festivité, from Latin festivitatem (nominative festivitas) "good fellowship, generosity," from festivus "festive," from festum "festival or holiday," neuter of festus "of a feast" (see feast). Related: Festivities.

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