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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.
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]
Festschrifta 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.