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n. pl. fest·schrif·ten (-shrĭf′tən) or fest·schrifts
A volume compiled as a tribute, especially to a scholar, consisting of articles or essays relating to the honoree's work or interests.

[German : Fest, festival; see fest + Schrift, writing (from Middle High German schrift, from Old High German scrift, from scrīban, to write, from Latin scrībere; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots).]


n, pl -schriften (-ˌʃrɪftən) or -schrifts
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a collection of essays or learned papers contributed by a number of people to honour an eminent scholar, esp a colleague
[German, from Fest celebration, feast + Schrift writing]



n., pl. -schrift•en (-ˌʃrɪf tən)
(often cap.) a volume of scholarly articles contributed by many authors to honor a senior colleague or teacher, usu. on the occasion of the honoree's birthday.
[1900–05; < German Fest festival + Schrift writing]


 a collection of writings forming a volume for presentation to a well-known scholar on the occasion of his attaining a certain age, pinnacle of his career, retirement, etc.


A German word meaning festival writing, used to mean a collection of essays written by various authors in honor of another author or scholar.
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Noun1.festschrift - a collection of writings published in honor of a scholar
memorial, remembrance, commemoration - a recognition of meritorious service
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In 2008, Ken was recognized as a Member of the Order of Canada and honored by colleagues with a festshrift (Siegel and Rasmussen 2008).
Thanks to the efforts of Janice Spleth, long time colleague of Armand and often director of the yearly Colloquium on Literature and Film, a Festshrift in honor of Armand Singer's memory was published in 2011, which corresponds to the Volume 54 of the Philological Papers.
The third number of volume VII of Revue LISA/LISA e-journal [2009] was published as a Festshrift in honor of Rene Gallet, Professor Emeritus of the Universite de Caen.