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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 ?
Hannah hated rain as much as a cat does so she made no trouble, and they rolled away in the luxurious close carriage, feeling very festive and elegant.
A ceremony of consecration, festive as well as religious, was now to be performed.
There were tourists of both sexes scattered far and wide over it, everywhere, and it had the festive look of a skating-rink.
Christmas and the New Year had been celebrated at Gateshead with the usual festive cheer; presents had been interchanged, dinners and evening parties given.
Gummidge did it; and, I am sorry to relate, cast a damp upon the festive character of our departure, by immediately bursting into tears, and sinking subdued into the arms of Ham, with the declaration that she knowed she was a burden, and had better be carried to the House at once.
On the present festive occasion he emerged from his room, when the blithe bells were going, the picture of misery, in a full suit of Sunday penitentials.
The porter who came to the carriage door reminded Trefusis by his manner and voice that the season was one at which it becomes a gentleman to be festive and liberal.
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.
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.
Already numbers of the citizens whose houses were furnished as if for a siege, having nothing more to do, donned their festive clothes and directed their course towards the city gate, in order to be the first to signal or see the cortege.
His original purpose had been wholly paternal and festive.