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fes·tive

 (fĕs′tĭv)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or appropriate for a feast or festival.
2. Merry; joyous: a festive party.

[Latin fēstīvus, from fēstus; see dhēs- in Indo-European roots.]

fes′tive·ly adv.
fes′tive·ness n.

festive

(ˈfɛstɪv) or

festivous

adj
appropriate to or characteristic of a holiday, etc; merry
[C17: from Latin festīvus joyful, from festus of a feast]
ˈfestively adv
ˈfestiveness n

fes•tive

(ˈfɛs tɪv)

adj.
1. pertaining to or suitable for a feast or festival.
2. joyous; merry: a festive mood.
[1645–55; < Latin fēstīvus merry =fēst(us) festal + -īvus -ive]
fes′tive•ly, adv.
fes′tive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.festive - offering fun and gaiety; "a festive (or festal) occasion"; "gay and exciting night life"; "a merry evening"
joyous - full of or characterized by joy; "felt a joyous abandon"; "joyous laughter"

festive

festive

adjective
1. Marked by festal celebration:
2. Providing joy and pleasure:
Translations
إحْتِفالي، بَهيج
slavnostníveselý
festligmunter
ünnepi
hátíîlegur
iškilmėsšventiškas
svētku-

festive

[ˈfestɪv] ADJ (gen) → festivo; (= happy) → alegre
in (a) festive moodmuy alegre
the festive seasonlas Navidades

festive

[ˈfɛstɪv] adj
(gen) [atmosphere, mood] → de fête; [occasion] → festif/ive
(= Christmas) [break] → des fêtes; [cooking, food] → pour les fêtesfestive season n
the festive season (British) (= Christmas) → la période des fêtes

festive

adjfestlich; the festive seasondie Festzeit; he was in (a) festive mooder war in festlicher Stimmung or in Festtagslaune

festive

[ˈfɛstɪv] adjdi festa
the festive season (Brit) (Christmas) → il periodo delle feste natalizie
in a festive mood → di umore allegro

festive

(ˈfestiv) adjective
happy and (as if) celebrating. a festive atmosphere.
feˈstivity (-ˈsti-) plural feˈstivities noun
a celebration. Come and join in the festivities.
References in classic literature ?
Their jewels, their feathers, their silks, and their furbelows, would have sunk into utter insignificance beside the exquisite simplicity of attire adopted by the nymphs of the vale on this festive occasion.
They were driving on their way to dinner with a friend in the most festive state of mind.
The masques, mummeries, and festive customs, described in the text, are in accordance with the manners of the age.
AFTER THE TWO DAYS of festive indulgence, Captain Bonneville broke up the encampment, and set out with his motley crew of hired and free trappers, half-breeds, Indians, and squaws, for the main rendezvous in Bear River valley.
We would have shone at a wake, but not at anything more festive.
Stroeve had set up a Christmas-tree in his studio, and I suspected that we should both find absurd little presents hanging on its festive branches; but he was shy about seeing Strickland again; it was a little humiliating to forgive so easily insults so outrageous, and he wished me to be present at the reconciliation on which he was determined.
He felt it not only from the sound of the hoofs of the approaching cavalcade, but because as he drew near everything grew brighter, more joyful, more significant, and more festive around him.
Hewet stepped off the road on to one of these, in order to avoid the hardness and heat of the main road, the dust of which was always being raised in small clouds by carts and ramshackle flies which carried parties of festive peasants, or turkeys swelling unevenly like a bundle of air balls beneath a net, or the brass bedstead and black wooden boxes of some newly wedded pair.
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.
We remember the faces, the eyes, the voices, we see again the gleam of silk and metal; the murmuring stir of that crowd, brilliant, festive, and martial; and we seem to feel the touch of friendly brown hands that, after one short grasp, return to rest on a chased hilt.
Yes, precisely the most important; although, in the course of your somewhat eminent career, you have been placed high towards the head of the table, at splendid banquets, and have poured out your festive eloquence to ears yet echoing with Webster's mighty organ-tones.
The housemaids had been bribed with various fragments of riband, and sundry pairs of shoes more or less down at heel, to make no mention of crumbs in the beds; the airiest costumes had been worn on these festive occasions; and the daring Miss Ferdinand had even surprised the company with a sprightly solo on the comb-and-curlpaper, until suffocated in her own pillow by two flowing-haired executioners.