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festoon

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noun fes·toon \fes-ˈtün\

Simple Definition of festoon

  • : a long chain or strip of something (such as flowers or cloth) that is hung as a decoration

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of festoon

  1. 1 :  a decorative chain or strip hanging between two points

  2. 2 :  a carved, molded, or painted ornament representing a decorative chain

Did You Know?

Festoon can also be a verb that is used as a synonym of "decorate" or "adorn" (as in "the room was festooned with streamers and balloons"). The verb "festoon," which first appeared in the late 1700s, comes from the noun "festoon," which appeared over 100 years earlier. "Festoon" traces back (by way of French and Italian) to Latin festa, the plural of festum, meaning "festival." "Festa" is also an ancestor of the English noun "feast."

Origin and Etymology of festoon

French feston, from Italian festone, from festa festival, from Latin — more at feast


First Known Use: 1630


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festoon

verb fes·toon

Simple Definition of festoon

  • : to cover or decorate (something) with many small objects, pieces of paper, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of festoon

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to hang or form festoons on

  3. 2 :  to shape into festoons

  4. 3 :  decorate, adorn; also :  cover 4b

Examples of festoon in a sentence

  1. We festooned the halls with leaves and white lights.

  2. The balcony is festooned in ivy.

  3. His office is festooned with newspaper clippings.



1765

First Known Use of festoon

1765


FESTOON Defined for Kids

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festoon

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noun fes·toon \fe-ˈstün\

Definition of festoon for Students

  1. :  a chain or strip hanging between two points as decoration




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festoon

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verb fes·toon

Definition of festoon for Students

festooned

festooning

  1. :  to hang or form festoons or other decorations on





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