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fes·ti·val

 (fĕs′tə-vəl)
n.
1. An occasion for feasting or celebration, especially a day or time of religious significance that recurs at regular intervals.
2. An often regularly recurring program of cultural performances, exhibitions, or competitions: a film festival.
3. Revelry; conviviality.
adj.
Of, relating to, or suitable for a feast or festival; festive.

[From Middle English, festive, from Old French, from Medieval Latin fēstivālis, from Latin fēstīvus, from fēstus; see dhēs- in Indo-European roots.]

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 festīvus festive]

fes•ti•val

(ˈfɛs tə vəl)

n.
1. a day or time of religious or other celebration, marked by feasting, ceremonies, or other observances.
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; a film festival.
4. gaiety; revelry; merrymaking.
adj.
5. of, for, or marked by celebration; festal.
[1300–50; Middle English < Medieval Latin fēstivālis (diēs) holy (day). See festive, -al1]

Festival

 a series of performances of music, plays, and dances—Wilkes.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.festival - a day or period of time set aside for feasting and celebrationfestival - a day or period of time set aside for feasting and celebration
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
church festival, religious festival - a festival having religious significance
2.festival - an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place); "a drama festival"
festivity, celebration - any joyous diversion
carnival - a festival marked by merrymaking and processions
Bacchanalia, Dionysia - an orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus (= Bacchus)
eisteddfod - any of several annual Welsh festivals involving artistic competitions (especially in singing)
film festival - a cinematic festival that features films (usually films produced during the past year)
jazz festival - a festival that features performances by jazz artists
Kwanzaa, Kwanza - a festival featuring African-American culture; celebrated between Christmas and New Year
Oktoberfest - an autumn festival that involves merrymaking and drinking beer
Saturnalia - an orgiastic festival in ancient Rome in honor of Saturn
sheepshearing - a festival held at the time sheep are normally sheared

festival

noun
1. celebration, fair, carnival, gala, treat, fête, entertainment, jubilee, fiesta, festivities, jamboree, mela, -fest, field day The Festival will provide spectacles like river pageants.

festival

noun
Joyful, exuberant activity:
Translations
إحْتِفال عُموميعيدمَهْرَجانمِهْرَجَان
festivalslavnostfestivalový
festivalfestival-festspilhelligdaghøjtid
festivalo
festivaali
festivalpraznik
fesztivál
hátíîskemmtun, hátíî
フェスティバル祝祭祭り祭典
축제
festivalis
festivāla-festivālssvētkisvinības
festivalfestivalový
festivalpraznik
festivalpraznikпразникфестивал
festival
เทศกาล
lễ hội

festival

[ˈfestɪvəl] N (Rel etc) → fiesta f (Mus etc) → festival m

festival

[ˈfɛstɪvəl] n
[art, music] → festival m
a jazz festival → un festival de jazz
(religious)fête f

festival

n
(Eccl etc) → Fest nt; Church festivalskirchliche Feste pl, → kirchliche Feiertage pl; Festival of LightsLichterfest nt
(cultural) → Festspiele pl, → Festival nt; the Edinburgh Festivaldas Edinburgher Festival; the Salzburg Festivaldie Salzburger Festspiele pl

festival

[ˈfɛstɪval] n (Rel) → festa (Art, Mus) → festival m inv

festival

(ˈfestəvəl) noun
1. an occasion of public celebration. In Italy, each village holds a festival once a year.
2. a season of musical, theatrical etc performances. Every three years the city holds a drama festival; (also adjective) a festival programme.

festival

مِهْرَجَان festival festival Festspiele φεστιβάλ festival festivaali festival festival festival フェスティバル 축제 festival festival festiwal festival празднество festival เทศกาล festival lễ hội 节日
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When the music stopped, they sat down on the stairs to get their breath, and Laurie was in the midst of an account of a students' festival at Heidelberg when Meg appeared in search of her sister.
Preserving-time was a prolonged festival, and house-cleaning was like a revolution.
The founder of this stately mansion--a gentleman noted for the square and ponderous courtesy of his demeanor, ought surely to have stood in his own hall, and to have offered the first welcome to so many eminent personages as here presented themselves in honor of his solemn festival.
Such an interview, perhaps, would have been more terrible than even to meet him as she now did, with the hot mid-day sun burning down upon her face, and lighting up its shame; with the scarlet token of infamy on her breast; with the sin-born infant in her arms; with a whole people, drawn forth as to a festival, staring at the features that should have been seen only in the quiet gleam of the fireside, in the happy shadow of a home, or beneath a matronly veil at church.
Proud and yet modest he advanced to the Empress; bowed on one knee before her seat, and begged for the favor of a waltz with the Queen of the festival.
Their favour increased; they could not be spared; Sir John would not hear of their going; and in spite of their numerous and long arranged engagements in Exeter, in spite of the absolute necessity of returning to fulfill them immediately, which was in full force at the end of every week, they were prevailed on to stay nearly two months at the park, and to assist in the due celebration of that festival which requires a more than ordinary share of private balls and large dinners to proclaim its importance.
It was a day of some wild rejoicing, and a festival.
My only other remembrances of the great festival are, That they wouldn't let me go to sleep, but whenever they saw me dropping off, woke me up and told me to enjoy myself.
since that is the only title by which we can address you, it is now your duty, as well as privilege, to name the fair lady, who, as Queen of Honour and of Love, is to preside over next day's festival.
On this festival, the servants drive a herd of YAHOOS into the field, laden with hay, and oats, and milk, for a repast to the HOUYHNHNMS; after which, these brutes are immediately driven back again, for fear of being noisome to the assembly.
At the time of the "pardons," or Breton pilgrimages, the village festival and dances, he went off with his fiddle, as in the old days, and was allowed to take his daughter with him for a week.
It was the Feast of the New Year, the oldest and most splendid of all the feasts in the Kingdom of Persia, and the day had been spent by the king in the city of Schiraz, taking part in the magnificent spectacles prepared by his subjects to do honour to the festival.