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feast

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noun \ˈfēst\

Simple Definition of feast

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

  • : a religious festival

Full Definition of feast

  1. 1 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>

  2. 2 :  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

Rhymes with feast


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feast

verb

Simple Definition of feast

  • : to eat large amounts of food

Full Definition of feast

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to take part in a feast

  3. 2 :  to enjoy some unusual pleasure or delight

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to give a feast for

  6. 2 :  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>



14th Century

First Known Use of feast

14th century



FEAST Defined for Kids

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feast

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noun \ˈfēst\

Definition of feast

  1. 1 :  a very large or fancy meal

  2. 2 :  a holy day observed by members of a religion




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feast

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verb

Definition of feast

feast·edfeast·ing

  1. 1 :  to eat well

  2. 2 :  2delight 1 <She feasted her eyes on the decorations.>





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