Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • 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.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4

  • 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.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4

  • One of the highlights of the festival is a dinner with a deadly difference.

    PETRONA

  • A friend of mine lived in Pilton (where the festival is actually held), and I still didn't want to go to the festival.

    For the benefit of the BBC "I DON'T CARE ABOUT GLASTONBURY !"

  • 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.

    Clun Green Man Festival

  • 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.

    Green Scene: The bounty of fall includes tours, lectures and workshops

  • I think the festival is a great event and offers a little something for everyone.

    The Finger Lakes Wine Festival

  • 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.

    More Ring Than You'll Ever Be

  • 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.

    SXSW 2008: Master Pancake and “Second Skin” » Scene-Stealers

  • 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.

    The beautiful Mexican colonial city of Guanajuato

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  • A lot of festivals take place during summer.

    July 16, 2009