Definitions

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

  • n. A festival or religious holiday, especially a saint's day celebrated in Spanish-speaking countries.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A religious festival.
  • n. A festive occasion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Among Spanish, a religious festival; a saint's day or holiday; also, a holiday or festivity.
  • n. an organized series of acts and performances.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Spanish countries, a feast-day; a holiday.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an elaborate party (often outdoors)

Etymologies

Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *fēsta; see feast.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish fiesta, from Latin festum ("feast"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The main fiesta is in honor of San Juan Bautista from the 23rd to the 25th of June.

    The Meseta Purepecha

  • Three days before the fiesta is the Rebozo Fair, from the 18th to the 25th of September, a week of total happiness and rejoicing.

    The Meseta Purepecha

  • The most famous fiesta is la Vela Sandunga on Dec 26 and another one Vela Tehuantepec during the last week of May but there are a whole lot more.

    Huatulco to Oaxaca City Road Trip

  • When it came to leaving, I noticed that a core group of people stayed behind to chat and a certain fiesta-air replaced the neutrally attentive atmosphere of the session.

    Decisions! « Tales from the Reading Room

  • The final Christmas season fiesta is that of Epiphany on January 6th celebrating the arrival of the Three Wise Men.

    Christmas in Mexico

  • Repubs are furious that a Spanish word - "fiesta" - was chosen (way back in January) as the theme for this year's Bonner County Fair.

    MyDD

  • Many services, in all denominations and among almost all pagans, are exactly designed to evoke celebration and communal fiesta, which is precisely why I suspect them.

    'God Is Not Great'

  • The highlight of the fiesta will be the Pineapple queen night.

    FIESTA PINEAPPLE FOR SARIKEI.

  • “Just for the record, the shade we were talking about is called fiesta berry.”

    Captivated by the Tycoon

  • In these elections the fathers of all the eligible children took part, for the fiesta was a concern of all; those so chosen were called Chacs.

    KSL / U.S. / National

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