prefestival

festival

[fes-tuh-vuhl]
noun
1.
a day or time of religious or other celebration, marked by feasting, ceremonies, or other observances: the festival of Christmas; a Roman festival.
2.
a periodic commemoration, anniversary, or celebration: an annual strawberry festival.
3.
a period or program of festive activities, cultural events, or entertainment: a music festival.
4.
gaiety; revelry; merrymaking.
adjective
5.
festal: a festival atmosphere of unrestrained joy.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Medieval Latin fēstivālis (diēs) holy (day). See festive, -al1

prefestival, noun
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festival (ˈfɛstɪvəl)
 
n
1.  a day or period set aside for celebration or feasting, esp one of religious significance
2.  any occasion for celebration, esp one which commemorates an anniversary or other significant event
3.  an organized series of special events and performances, usually in one place: a festival of drama
4.  archaic a time of revelry; merrymaking
5.  (modifier) relating to or characteristic of a festival
 
[C14: from Church Latin fēstivālis of a feast, from Latin festīvusfestive]

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festival
1580s (n.); it was an adj. in 14c.; from M.L. festivalis "of a church holiday" (see festivity).
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