noun \ˈfēst\

: a special meal with large amounts of food and drink : a large formal dinner

: a religious festival

Full Definition of FEAST

a :  an elaborate and usually abundant meal often accompanied by a ceremony or entertainment :  banquet
b (1) :  something that gives unusual or abundant enjoyment <a visual feast>
(2) :  abundance, profusion <an unprecedented feast of corruption, gargantuan in scale — Neil Sheehan>
:  a periodic religious observance commemorating an event or honoring a deity, person, or thing

Examples of FEAST

  1. give the annual Thanksgiving feast
  2. Every guest brought a different dish to the party, and we had quite a feast.
  3. There were hundreds of guests at the royal wedding feast.
  4. the feast of the Nativity

Origin of FEAST

Middle English feste, from Anglo-French, from Latin festa, plural of festum festival, from neuter of festus solemn, festal; akin to Latin feriae holidays, fanum temple
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

Rhymes with FEAST



: to eat large amounts of food

Full Definition of FEAST

intransitive verb
:  to take part in a feast
:  to enjoy some unusual pleasure or delight
transitive verb
:  to give a feast for
:  delight, gratify <feasting our eyes on the scenery>
feast·er noun

Examples of FEAST

  1. <the returning war heroes were feasted all over the country>
  2. <feast your eyes on all the fresh flowers at the farmers' market>

First Known Use of FEAST

14th century


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