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fete

[feyt, fet] /feɪt, fɛt/
noun, plural fetes.
1.
a day of celebration; holiday:
The Fourth of July is a great American fete.
2.
a festive celebration or entertainment:
The ball was the greatest fete of the season.
3.
a religious feast or festival:
a fete lasting several days in honor of a saint.
verb (used with object), feted, feting.
4.
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)
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Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < French fête, earlier feste feast
Related forms
unfeted, adjective
Can be confused
fate, fete (see synonym study at fate)
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Examples for fetes
  • The annual celebration fetes the start of springtime in the mountainous region.
  • Public fetes and other entertainments were given to help raise funds.
British Dictionary definitions for fetes

fête

/feɪt/
noun
1.
a gala, bazaar, or similar entertainment, esp one held outdoors in aid of charity
2.
a feast day or holiday, esp one of religious significance
3.
(Caribbean, informal) an organized group entertainment, esp a party or a dance
verb
4.
(transitive) to honour or entertain with or as if with a fête the author was fêted by his publishers
5.
(intransitive) (Caribbean, informal) to join in a fête
Word Origin
C18: from French: feast
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Word Origin and History for fetes
fete
1754, from Fr. fête "festival, feast," from O.Fr. feste (see feast). First used in Eng. by Horace Walpole (1717-97). The verb is from 1819. Related: Feted; fetes
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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