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[feyt, fet] /feɪt, fɛt/
noun, plural fetes.
a day of celebration; holiday:
The Fourth of July is a great American fete.
a festive celebration or entertainment:
The ball was the greatest fete of the season.
a religious feast or festival:
a fete lasting several days in honor of a saint.
verb (used with object), feted, feting.
to entertain at or honor with a fete:
to fete a visiting celebrity.
Also, fête
[feyt, fet; French fet] /feɪt, fɛt; French fɛt/ (Show IPA)
Origin of fete
1745-55; < French fête, earlier feste feast
Related forms
unfeted, adjective
Can be confused
fate, fete (see synonym study at fate) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for feted
  • There are plenty of people with royal wedding hangovers this morning, and perhaps none more than the feted couple themselves.
  • The flight was feted by inaugural ceremonies in both cities.
  • Central bankers once lionised for mastering inflation and the business cycle are feted no longer.
  • Conversely, he scorns feted technologies that do not earn their keep.
  • The ones who want to work all hours will find advancement relatively easy, and they will continue to be much feted.
  • The outgoing mayor has been justly feted for the heroic and sensitive way he held the city together.
  • It's in comparison with the feted stars of the new economy.
British Dictionary definitions for feted


a gala, bazaar, or similar entertainment, esp one held outdoors in aid of charity
a feast day or holiday, esp one of religious significance
(Caribbean, informal) an organized group entertainment, esp a party or a dance
(transitive) to honour or entertain with or as if with a fête: the author was fêted by his publishers
(intransitive) (Caribbean, informal) to join in a fête
Word Origin
C18: from French: feast
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Word Origin and History for feted



1754, from French fête "festival, feast," from Old French feste (see feast). Apparently first used in English by Horace Walpole (1717-1797).


1819, from fete (n.). Related: Feted; fetes; feting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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