Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A gathering or occasion characterized by a specified activity. Often used in combination.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An obsolete or dialectal form of fast.
  • noun A Middle English form of fist.
  • noun In German usage, a gathering of many persons to participate in or enjoy some festal performance, as singing, shooting, gymnastic exercises, etc.: as, a sängerfest, schützenfest, turnfest, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete The fist.
  • obsolete A feast.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun in combination A gathering for a specified reason or occasion

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From German Fest, festival, from Middle High German fest, from Latin fēstum; see feast.]

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German Festival ("festival").

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