American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Pertaining to a fest; festive; festal; appropriate to a festival; joyous; mirthful.
- 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 Late Latin fēstīvālis, from Latin fēstīvus ("festive"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“If we assign three weeks to each festival -- including the time spent on the journeys, and the delays before and after the celebration, together with the _festival week_, it will be a small allowance for the cessation of their regular labor.”
“If we assign three weeks to each festival -- including the time spent on the journey going and returning, and the delays before and after the celebration, together with the _festival week_; it will be a small allowance for the cessation of their regular labor.”
“One of the highlights of the festival is a dinner with a deadly difference.”
“A friend of mine lived in Pilton (where the festival is actually held), and I still didn't want to go to the festival.”
“Because the festival is a modern invention: the book The Roots of Environmental Consciousness, edited by Stephen Hussey and Paul Richard Thompson, says it was first held in 1997.”
“This festival is a Friends of Green Spring-sponsored fundraiser filled with adult and family activities, silent auction and an expanded plant and garden craft sale.”
“I think the festival is a great event and offers a little something for everyone.”
“Despite the obvious question marks, I think the festival is actually not a bad idea, though making the city the center of the universe for all things Wagner for a few weeks may still be a bit of a stretch.”
“My South by Southwest escapade may be over, but if the film portion of the festival is any indication, 2008 might shape up to be a pretty great year in film.”
“But the real focus of activity for the festival is the Teatro Juárez (1903, above) which faces the main plaza of downtown Guanajuato, el Jardín de la Unión.”
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