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feast

 (fēst)
n.
1.
a. A large, elaborately prepared meal, usually for many persons and often accompanied by entertainment; a banquet.
b. A meal that is well prepared and abundantly enjoyed.
2. A periodic religious festival commemorating an event or honoring a god or saint.
3. Something giving great pleasure or satisfaction: a book that is a veritable feast for the mind.
v. feast·ed, feast·ing, feasts
v.tr.
To give a feast for; entertain or feed sumptuously: feasted the guests on venison.
v.intr.
1. To partake of a feast; eat heartily.
2. To experience something with gratification or delight: feasted on the view.
Idiom:
feast (one's) eyes on
To be delighted or gratified by the sight of: We feasted our eyes on the paintings.

[Middle English feste, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *fēsta, from Latin, pl. of fēstum, from fēstus, festive; see dhēs- in Indo-European roots.]

feast′er n.

feasting

(ˈfiːstɪŋ)
n
the act or an instance of feasting
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.feasting - eating an elaborate meal (often accompanied by entertainment)feasting - eating an elaborate meal (often accompanied by entertainment)
eating, feeding - the act of consuming food
Translations

feasting

[ˈfiːstɪŋ] n (= eating) → festin m

feasting

[ˈfiːstɪŋ] nbanchetto
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Even the tiniest of children toddled about the feasting fires or sprawled surfeited on the sands.
Carried past the fires of the feasting, his keen nostrils had told him of what the feast consisted.
Strife arrives while the gods are feasting at the marriage of Peleus and starts a dispute between Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite as to which of them is fairest.
Next they sail as far as Tenedos: and while they are feasting, Philoctetes is bitten by a snake and is left behind in Lemnos because of the stench of his sore.
The feasting and merrymaking continued until late in the evening, when they separated to meet again the next morning and take part in the birthday celebration, to which this royal banquet was merely the introduction.
Then the private was given a seat at the table, where the other officers welcomed him cordially, and the feasting and merriment were resumed.
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Milk also played an important role in feasting ceremonies held by the prehistoric community who built the monument 4,500 years ago, but as they were lactose intolerant they had to turn milk into cheese and yogurt to eat it, experts said.
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