Feast of Fools

Definition of Feast of Fools

: a medieval burlesque festival held especially in France usually on the feast of the Circumcision (January l), a prominent feature being mummeries such as a burlesque of the high mass conducted by the lower clergy under a leader elected for the occasion with a burlesque title

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History and Etymology for Feast of Fools

translation of Medieval Latin festum stultorum

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“Feast of Fools.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Feast%20of%20Fools. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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