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a day of celebration; a holiday: It was a joyous fete.
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fate – karma; destiny; chance; luck: We met through a lucky twist of fate.
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fetealso fête (fāt, fĕt)
1. A festival or feast.
a. An elaborate, often outdoor entertainment.
b. An elaborate party.
tr.v. fet·ed, fet·ing, fetes also fêt·ed or fêt·ing or fêtes
1. To celebrate or honor with a festival, a feast, or an elaborate entertainment.
2. To pay honor to.
[French fête, from Old French feste; see feast.]
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1. a gala, bazaar, or similar entertainment, esp one held outdoors in aid of charity
2. a feast day or holiday, esp one of religious significance
3. informal Caribbean an organized group entertainment, esp a party or a dance
4. (tr) to honour or entertain with or as if with a fête: the author was fêted by his publishers.
5. (intr) informal Caribbean to join in a fête
[C18: from French: feast]
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or fête(feɪt, fɛt)
n., pl. fetes, n.
1. a festive celebration.
2. a day of celebration.
3. a religious feast or festival.v.t.
4. to honor with a fete.
[1745–55; < French, Old French feste feast]
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Past participle: feted
Past participle: fêted
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|Noun||1.||fete - an elaborate party (often outdoors)|
party - an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment; "he planned a party to celebrate Bastille Day"
luau - an elaborate Hawaiian feast or party (especially one accompanied by traditional foods and entertainment)
potlatch - a ceremonial feast held by some Indians of the northwestern coast of North America (as in celebrating a marriage or a new accession) in which the host gives gifts to tribesmen and others to display his superior wealth (sometimes, formerly, to his own impoverishment)
|2.||fete - an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place); "a drama festival"|
carnival - a festival marked by merrymaking and processions
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
|Verb||1.||fete - have a celebration; "They were feting the patriarch of the family"; "After the exam, the students were celebrating"|
jubilate - celebrate a jubilee
jollify, make happy, make merry, make whoopie, racket, wassail, whoop it up, revel - celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; engage in uproarious festivities; "The members of the wedding party made merry all night"; "Let's whoop it up--the boss is gone!"
party - have or participate in a party; "The students were partying all night before the exam"
receive - have or give a reception; "The lady is receiving Sunday morning"
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n → Fest nt; village fête → Dorffest nt
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an entertainment, especially in the open air, with competitions, displays, the selling of goods etc usually to raise money, especially for charity. We are holding a summer fete in aid of charity. حَفْلَه خَيْرِيَّه festival das Fest velgørenhedsfest; marked φιλανθρωπική γιορτή feria heategevuslaat ulkoilmatapahtuma kermesse ünnep(ség) pesta, jamuan festa 園遊会 잔치, 축제 šventė, mugė svētki; svinības bazaarfriluftsfest, veldedighetsfest, basarfestyn جشن festival/quermesse, feiraпразднество slávnosť välgörenhetsfest, basar งานรื่นเริง yardım şenliği 園遊會 游园会
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