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festivity

[fe-stiv-i-tee] /fɛˈstɪv ɪ ti/
noun, plural festivities.
1.
a festive celebration or occasion.
2.
festivities, festive events or activities:
the festivities of Christmas.
3.
festive character or quality; gaiety; merriment.
Origin of festivity
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English festivite (< Old French) < Latin fēstīvitās. See festive, -ity
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festivity

/fɛsˈtɪvɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
merriment characteristic of a festival, party, etc
2.
any festival or other celebration
3.
(pl) festive proceedings; celebrations
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n.

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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