adjective fes·tive \ˈfes-tiv\

: cheerful and exciting : suited to a celebration or holiday

: of or relating to Christmas

Full Definition of FESTIVE

:  of, relating to, or suitable for a feast or festival <a festive occasion>
:  joyful, gay <a festive mood>
fes·tive·ly adverb
fes·tive·ness noun

Examples of FESTIVE

  1. The house looks very festive during the holidays.
  2. She was in a festive mood.
  3. The reunion will be a festive occasion.

Origin of FESTIVE

Latin festivus, from festum
First Known Use: 1613

Related to FESTIVE

blithesome, merry, gay, gleeful, jocose, jocular, jocund, jolly, jovial, laughing, mirthful, sunny

Rhymes with FESTIVE

FESTIVE Defined for Kids


adjective fes·tive \ˈfe-stiv\

Definition of FESTIVE for Kids

:  having to do with a feast or festival
:  very merry and joyful <festive decorations>


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