American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A joyous feast, holiday, or celebration; a festival.
- n. The pleasure, joy, and gaiety of a festival or celebration.
- n. The proceedings or events of a festival.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Feasting, or the condition of joy and gaiety becoming a feast; joyfulness; gaiety; social entertainment with merry-making.
- n. A festival; a festive event or celebration.
- n. often pluralized A festival or similar celebration.
- n. An experience or expression of celebratory feeling, merriment, gaiety.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The condition of being festive; social joy or exhilaration of spirits at an entertaintment; joyfulness; gayety.
- n. A festival; a festive celebration.
- n. any joyous diversion
“One cannot help feeling that much of all this festivity is a mistake: the expenses incurred are far above the means of the parties responsible, and the effect on the Amboinese character is not beneficial.”
“The Day of the Holy Cross is our main festivity," Claudio tells us as he makes one of his menu items, Insalate Anne - lettuce, avocado, grapefruit, crabmeat and green apples in a vinaigrette.”
“The second annual blogging festivity is going to be a little different than last years party.”
“No club festivity is permitted without the presence of a director; no young man under the influence of liquor is allowed; certain types of dancing often innocently started are strictly prohibited; and above all, early closing is insisted upon.”
“And the mixture of pain and illness with splendor and festivity, is so unnatural, that probably it is to that we must attribute that a young woman is no where so hardly judged.”
“But indeed it could hardly be called a festivity, — it was so quiet and sombre.”
“Those who have chosen to turn their backs on our festivity are the small minority who continue to cling to the anti-human concept and practices of racial arrogance, white minority domination and the super-exploitation of the masses of our people.”
“Marjorie could not recall a festivity for which she had worked hard beforehand and enjoyed more than the preparation for the freshman hop.”
“The central feature of the festivity was a huge kettle, many feet in circumference, into which the Indians dropped the most extraordinary variety of food we had ever seen combined.”
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