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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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I WENT down yesterday to the Piraeus with Glaucon the son of Ariston, that I might offer up my prayers to the goddess; and also because I wanted to see in what manner they would celebrate the festival, which was a new thing.
In the bitterness of his dramatic misadventure, everything which reminded him of the festival of that day irritated his wound and made it bleed.
Let the friend be the festival of the earth to you, and a foretaste of the Superman.
Dark crimson velvet, dark purple silk, and jet-black cloth, with linen of dazzling whiteness, composed the festive dress of the President, who marched at the head of his Committee carrying an enormous nosegay, like that which a hundred and twenty-one years later, Monsieur de Robespierre displayed at the festival of "The Supreme Being.
Shortly afterwards, at the harvest festival, the owner released the Ox from his yoke, but bound the Heifer with cords and led him away to the altar to be slain in honor of the occasion.
It was erected for the express purpose to which it is at present devoted, in the incredibly short period of one sun; and was dedicated to the immortal wooden idols by a grand festival, which lasted ten days and nights.
The same demand was partly satisfied also by the rude country folk-plays, survivals of primitive heathen ceremonials, performed at such festival occasions as the harvest season, which in all lands continue to flourish among the country people long after their original meaning has been forgotten.
Lady Janet has issued invitations for one of her grand balls at Mablethorpe House; and sh e has caused the report to be circulated everywhere that the object of the festival is 'to celebrate the marriage of Mr.
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.
The genial festival of Christmas, which throughout all Christendom lights up the fireside of home with mirth and jollity, followed hard upon the wedding just described.
This part of the existing hymn ends with an encomium of the Delian festival of Apollo and of the Delian choirs.
We may instance the statue of Mitys at Argos, which fell upon his murderer while he was a spectator at a festival, and killed him.