from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large, elaborately prepared meal, usually for many persons and often accompanied by entertainment; a banquet.
- n. A meal that is well prepared and abundantly enjoyed.
- n. A periodic religious festival commemorating an event or honoring a god or saint.
- n. Something giving great pleasure or satisfaction: a book that is a veritable feast for the mind.
- transitive v. To give a feast for; entertain or feed sumptuously: feasted the guests on venison.
- intransitive v. To partake of a feast; eat heartily.
- intransitive v. To experience something with gratification or delight: feasted on the view.
- idiom feast (one's) eyes on To be delighted or gratified by the sight of: We feasted our eyes on the paintings.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A very large meal, often of a ceremonial nature.
- n. Something delightful
- v. To partake in a feast, or large meal.
- v. To dwell upon (something) with delight.
- v. To hold a feast in honor of (someone).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A festival; a holiday; a solemn, or more commonly, a joyous, anniversary.
- n. A festive or joyous meal; a grand, ceremonious, or sumptuous entertainment, of which many guests partake; a banquet characterized by tempting variety and abundance of food.
- n. That which is partaken of, or shared in, with delight; something highly agreeable; entertainment.
- intransitive v. To eat sumptuously; to dine or sup on rich provisions, particularly in large companies, and on public festivals.
- intransitive v. To be highly gratified or delighted.
- transitive v. To entertain with sumptuous provisions; to treat at the table bountifully.
- transitive v. To delight; to gratify.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A festival in commemoration of some event, or in honor of some distinguished person; a set time of festivity and rejoicing: opposed to fast.
- n. A sumptuous entertainment or repast of which a number of guests partake; particularly, a rich or splendid public entertainment.
- n. Any rich, delicious, or abundant repast or meal; hence, something delicious or highly agreeable, or in which some delectable quality abounds.
- n. Synonyms Feast, Banquet, Festival. The idea of a social meal of unusual richness or abundance, for the purposes of pleasure, may be common to these words. Feast is generic; specifically, it differs from banquet in the fact that at a feast the food is abundant and choice, while at a banquet there is richness or expensiveness, and especially pomp or ceremony. The essential characteristic of a festival is concurrence in the manifestation of joy, the joyous celebration of some event, feasting being a frequent but not necessary part: as, to hold high festival. See carousal.
- To make a feast; have a feast; eat sumptuously or abundantly.
- Figuratively, to dwell with gratification or delight: as, to feast on a poem or a picture.
- To provide with a feast; entertain with sumptuous fare.
- To delight; pamper; gratify luxuriously: as, to feast the soul.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a ceremonial dinner party for many people
- n. an elaborate party (often outdoors)
- v. gratify
- n. a meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed
- n. something experienced with great delight
- v. provide a feast or banquet for
- v. partake in a feast or banquet
Middle English feste, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *fēsta, from Latin, pl. of fēstum, from fēstus, festive; see dhēs- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English feest, feste, fest, from Old French feste, from Latin festa, plural of festum ("holiday, festival, feast"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English feesten, festen, from Old French fester, from Medieval Latin festāre, from the noun. See above. (Wiktionary)