from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An occasion for feasting or celebration, especially a day or time of religious significance that recurs at regular intervals.
- n. An often regularly recurring program of cultural performances, exhibitions, or competitions: a film festival.
- n. Revelry; conviviality.
- adj. Of, relating to, or suitable for a feast or festival; festive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Pertaining to a feast or feast-day. (Now only as the noun used attributively.)
- n. An event or community gathering, usually staged by a local community, which centers on some theme, sometimes on some unique aspect of the community.
- n. In mythology, a set of celebrations in the honour of a god.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to a fest; festive; festal; appropriate to a festival; joyous; mirthful.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of, pertaining to, or befitting a feast; attending or marking a joyous celebration; joyous; festal: as, a festival entertainment.
- n. A festal day; a feast; a time of feasting; an anniversary or appointed day of festive celebration.
- n. Synonyms Banquet, etc. See feast.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place)
- n. a day or period of time set aside for feasting and celebration
From Middle English, festive, from Old French, from Medieval Latin fēstivālis, from Latin fēstīvus, from fēstus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin fēstīvālis, from Latin fēstīvus ("festive"). (Wiktionary)