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[fee-es-tuh; Spanish fyes-tah] /fiˈɛs tə; Spanish ˈfyɛs tɑ/
noun, plural fiestas
[fee-es-tuh z; Spanish fyes-tahs] /fiˈɛs təz; Spanish ˈfyɛs tɑs/ (Show IPA)
any festival or festive celebration.
(in Spain and Latin America) a festive celebration of a religious holiday.
Origin of fiesta
1835-45, Americanism; < Spanish < Latin fēsta; see feast Unabridged
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  • It is the tenth of November, the eve of the fiesta to be celebrated in the town of San Diego.

  • Mayhap it was as well for Carlos that the sports were now ended, and the fiesta about to close.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • “I rise, gentlemen, to present my estimate of expenses for the fiesta,” he began.

    The Social Cancer Jos Rizal
  • Though the field-sports were over, the fiesta of San Juan was not yet ended.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • The procession reached the cathedral and the fiesta was held.

British Dictionary definitions for fiesta


/fɪˈɛstə; Spanish ˈfjesta/
a religious festival or celebration, esp on a saint's day
a holiday or carnival
Word Origin
Spanish, from Latin festa, plural of festum festival; see feast
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Word Origin and History for fiesta

1844, Spanish, literally "feast" (see feast (n.)).

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