fete

[feyt, fet]
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] .


Origin:
1745–55; < French fête, earlier feste feast

unfeted, adjective

fate, fete (see synonym study at fate).
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fête or fete (feɪt)
 
n
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.  informal (Caribbean) an organized group entertainment, esp a party or a dance
 
vb
4.  (tr) to honour or entertain with or as if with a fête: the author was fêted by his publishers
5.  informal (Caribbean) (intr) to join in a fête
 
[C18: from French: feast]
 
fete or fete
 
n
 
vb
 
[C18: from French: feast]

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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
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Example sentences
The annual celebration fetes the start of springtime in the mountainous region.
Public fetes and other entertainments were given to help raise funds.
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