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fes·tiv·i·ty

 (fĕ-stĭv′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. fes·tiv·i·ties
1. A joyous feast, holiday, or celebration; a festival.
2. The joy and merriment of a festival or celebration.
3. festivities The proceedings or events of a festival.

festivity

(fɛsˈtɪvɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. merriment characteristic of a festival, party, etc
2. any festival or other celebration
3. (plural) festive proceedings; celebrations

fes•tiv•i•ty

(fɛˈstɪv ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. a festive celebration or occasion.
2. festivities, festive events or activities.
3. festive character or quality.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Old French) < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.festivity - any joyous diversionfestivity - any joyous diversion      
agon - a festivity in ancient Greece at which competitors contended for prizes
diversion, recreation - an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates; "scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists"; "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles"; "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"
jollification, merrymaking, conviviality - a boisterous celebration; a merry festivity
feria - (in Spanish speaking regions) a local festival or fair, usually in honor of some patron saint
festival, fete - an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place); "a drama festival"
gala, gala affair, jamboree, blowout - a gay festivity
Ludi Saeculares, secular games - the centennial rites and games of ancient Rome that marked the commencement of a new generation (100 years representing the longest life in a generation); observances may have begun as early as the 5th century BC and lasted well into the Christian era
victory celebration - a celebration following a victory in a battle or sports competition

festivity

noun
1. merrymaking, fun, pleasure, amusement, mirth, gaiety, merriment, revelry, conviviality, joviality, joyfulness, jollification, sport There was a general air of festivity and abandon.
2. (often plural) celebration, party, festival, entertainment, rave (Brit. slang), beano (Brit. slang), fun and games, rave-up (Brit. slang), jollification, festive event, carousal, festive proceedings, hooley or hoolie (chiefly Irish & N.Z.) The festivities included a firework display.

festivity

noun
1. The act of showing joyful satisfaction in an event:
celebration, merrymaking, rejoicing, revel (often used in plural), revelry.
2. A large or important social gathering:
Informal: do.
Slang: bash.
3. Joyful, exuberant activity:
Translations
إحْتِفال، إحْتِفالات
slavnost
festivitasmunterhed
hátíîahald

festivity

[fesˈtɪvɪtɪ] N
1. (= celebration) → fiesta f, festividad f; (= joy) → regocijo m
2. festivitiesfestejos mpl, fiestas fpl

festivity

[fɛsˈtɪvɪti] nfête f

festivity

n
(= gaiety)Feststimmung f, → Feiertagsstimmung f; there was an air of festivity in the officeim Büro herrschte Feststimmung f
(= celebration)Feier f; festivities pl (= festive proceedings)Feierlichkeiten pl, → Festivitäten pl (hum)

festivity

[fɛsˈtɪvɪtɪ] n
a. (festival) → festa
b. (celebrations) festivities nplfesteggiamenti mpl

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 ?
You must not look for any dancing or festivity or entertainment of guests, for our gala times are still in the air.
Unless some particular festivity was going forward, the inmates of Marheyo's house retired to their mats rather early in the evening; but not for the night, since, after slumbering lightly for a while, they rose again, relit their tapers, partook of the third and last meal of the day, at which poee-poee alone was eaten, and then, after inhaling a narcotic whiff from a pipe of tobacco, disposed themselves for the great business of night, sleep.
Much mirth and festivity passed among the soldiers during their march.
She assented, and we sought one of the many radiating centres of festivity in the neighbourhood.
Several days of festivity and merry-making followed, for such old friends did not often meet and there was much to be told and talked over between them, and many amusements to be enjoyed in this delightful country.
All the Yukon was his guest, Dawson the seat of the festivity.
The sidewalk was obstructed by an assortment of interested neighbours, who opened a lane from time to time for a hurrying messenger bearing from McGary's goods pertinent to festivity and diversion.
The officers of the British army, and the loyal gentry of the province, most of whom were collected within the beleaguered town, had been invited to a masked ball; for it was the policy of Sir William Howe to hide the distress and danger of the period, and the desperate aspect of the siege, under an ostentation of festivity.
Fanny never failed to ask her to every sort of festivity in the Shaw mansion; but after a few trials, Polly firmly declined everything but informal visits when the family were alone.
But when they drew up before the lighted house, and she found herself in the midst of the pleasant stir of festivity, the coming and going of carriages, the glimpses of bright colors, forms, and faces, the bursts of music, and a general atmosphere of gayety, Polly felt that she was n't all right, and as she drove away for a dull evening in her lonely little room, she just cried as heartily as any child denied a stick of candy.
The whole town was filled with mirth and dance and festivity.