American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or appropriate for a feast or festival.
- adj. Merry; joyous: a festive party.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or befitting a feast or festival; joyous; gay.
- adj. Having the atmosphere, decoration, or attitude of a festival, holiday, or celebration.
- adj. In the mood to celebrate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Pertaining to, or becoming, a feast; festal; joyous; gay; mirthful; sportive.
- adj. offering fun and gaiety
- Latin fēstīvus, from fēstus; see dhēs- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And the new mansions are festooned in festive cream-yellows and shadowed by elaborate gables, and have walls cut with huge swoops of custom-made windows that arc across the front of the house, and big white Greek columns placed out front holding up nothing in particular.”
“Why yes; with November 5th safely out of the way, my self-imposed moratorium on all things festive is lifted and we are free to celebrate the countdown to Christmas: 41 shopping days to go!!!”
“The priest may wear a rose-colored chasuble, the organ may play, deacon and subdeacon are clothed in festive vestments.”
“Ever since the Swedish Academy made public its decision, I have lived in festive intoxication, an enchanting topsy-turvy, and I cannot illustrate its consequences on my mind and soul better than by pointing to a pretty and curious love poem by Goethe.”
“The spacious galleries were crowded to suffocation by beautiful Southern belles in festive attire.”
“It being now what is usually called the festive season -- possibly because at this period of the year a greater number of people are suffering from hunger and cold than at any other time -- the reader will not be surprised at being invited to another little party which took place on the day after the one we have just left.”
“I am sometimes half inclined to seek, in festive mirth, a refuge form thought and reflection.”
“Some may raise an eyebrow or two at the word festive in a month of holy piety but in truth, there is a special ambiance about Ramadan that is hard to compare to other months.”
“Since we enjoy socializing in festive evenings like New Years, we’ve had good luck in going to the nicest and largest hotels in the area were there is live danceable music, cocktails and party favors are readily available.”
“Thats what happens when the romans kill all our druids and no one knows what to call the festive/christmas/midwinters festival anymore?”
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