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1festoon

noun fes·toon \fes-ˈtün\

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

Full Definition of FESTOON

1
:  a decorative chain or strip hanging between two points
2
:  a carved, molded, or painted ornament representing a decorative chain

Origin of FESTOON

French feston, from Italian festone, from festa festival, from Latin — more at feast
First Known Use: 1630

2festoon

verb

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

Full Definition of FESTOON

transitive verb
1
:  to hang or form festoons on
2
:  to shape into festoons
3
:  decorate, adorn; also :  cover 4b

Examples of FESTOON

  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.

First Known Use of FESTOON

1765

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