from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A string or garland, as of leaves or flowers, suspended in a loop or curve between two points.
- n. A representation of such a string or garland, as in painting or sculpture.
- transitive v. To decorate with or as if with festoons; hang festoons on.
- transitive v. To form or make into festoons.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ornament such as a garland or chain which hangs loosely from two tacked spots.
- n. A bas-relief, painting, or structural motif resembling such an ornament.
- n. A raised cable with light globes attached.
- n. A cloud on Jupiter that hangs out of its home belt or zone into an adjacent area forming a curved finger-like image or a complete loop back to its home belt or zone.
- n. Any of a series of wrinkles on the backs of some ticks.
- v. To hang ornaments, such as garlands or chains, which hang loosely from two tacked spots.
- v. To make festoons.
- v. To decorate or bedeck abundantly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A garland or wreath hanging in a depending curve, used in decoration for festivals, etc.; anything arranged in this way.
- n. A carved ornament consisting of flowers, and leaves, intermixed or twisted together, wound with a ribbon, and hanging or depending in a natural curve. See Illust. of Bucranium.
- transitive v. To form in festoons, or to adorn with festoons.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A string or chain of any material suspended between two points; specifically, a chain or garland of flowers, ribbons, foliage, etc., suspended so as to form one or more depending curves.
- n. In architecture, a sculptured ornament in imitation of a garland of fruits, leaves, or flowers suspended between two points; an encarpus. See cut under encarpus.
- n. A form of drooping cloud sometimes seen on the under surface of dense cirro-stratus clouds. Also called pocky cloud.
- n. In ornithology, specifically, a lobe on the cutting edge of a hawk's beak.
- To form in festoons; adorn with festoons; connect by festoons.
- n. A British collectors' name for a European limacodid moth, Apoda testudo, yellow-brown in color with narrow brown stripes arranged like a festoon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a curtain of fabric draped and bound at intervals to form graceful curves
- v. decorate with strings of flowers
- n. an embellishment consisting of a decorative representation of a string of flowers suspended between two points; used on pottery or in architectural work
- n. flower chains suspended in curves between points as a decoration
The garland, or festoon, which is carried through, and sustained, as before stated, by each of the four figures, is composed of every flower indigenous to this part of the land, and introduced emblematically to the time in which they severally bloom.
No power on earth, he declared, would induce him to attempt to "festoon" a hole in the accepted fashion.
From this Koubba, the palm plantations extend southward and form a kind of festoon with the Keteya group, which is protected on the south-west by a hill of white sand.
---- The next ceremony was, the feast or banquet which was prepared in a kind of festoon, upon the side of the plain.
The Blind African Slave, or Memoirs of Boyrereau Brinch, Nick-named Jeffrey Brace. Containing an Account of the Kingdom of Bow-Woo, in the Interior of Africa; with the Climate and Natural Productions, Laws, and Customs Peculiar to That Place. With an Account of His Captivity, Sufferings, Sales, Travels, Emancipation, Conversion to the Christian Religion, Knowledge of the Scriptures, &c. Interspersed with Strictures on Slavery, Speculative Observations on the Qualities of Human Nature, with Quotation from Scripture.
(Come to think of it, anything that involves the word "festoon" is probably a bad idea.)
Also included is an impressive Indian multi-strand pearl and turquoise necklace, the front designed as a stylised peacock, which is estimated at $15,000-25,000, a cultured pearl and paste 'festoon' brooch which was a gift from the late Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
American flags made in the studio's upholstery department festoon storefronts and Spanish moss from the greenery department drips over trees.
Glummer still was the plight of tiny homosexual Ben Mitchell, whose response to being caught kissing hooded squeeze Duncan was to festoon the Square with swirling wreaths of misspelled accusations "BIGGOT" and make Patrick's trilby spin with threats of the "watch it, mister!" genus.
The story of Dave Johnson—president of the 100-year-old, fourth-generation family-owned business, Summitville Tiles, Inc. a ceramic tile and brick manufacturer whose products festoon both the roof of the White House and the floors of McDonald's restaurants around the world—is typical.
Banners advertising the lottery festoon remote villages and narrow urban alleyways in such places as Bangladesh and Ethiopia, where self-styled "visa agents" market their services translating forms and filling them out for applicants who lack English skills.