\ˈfēst \

Definition of feast 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 : a periodic religious observance commemorating an event or honoring a deity, person, or thing


feasted; feasting; feasts

Definition of feast (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to take part in a feast

2 : to enjoy some unusual pleasure or delight

transitive verb

1 : to give a feast for

2 : delight, gratify feasting our eyes on the scenery

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Other Words from feast


feaster noun

Synonyms for feast

Synonyms: Noun

banquet, dinner, feed, regale, spread

Synonyms: Verb

banquet, dine, junket, regale

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Examples of feast in a Sentence


give the annual Thanksgiving feast Every guest brought a different dish to the party, and we had quite a feast. There were hundreds of guests at the royal wedding feast. the feast of the Nativity


the returning war heroes were feasted all over the country feast your eyes on all the fresh flowers at the farmers' market
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Louie Situated between Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill, French Louis is the place to be for a French-inflected Thanksgiving feast in an unpretentious setting. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Where to Dine Out for a Traditional-ish Thanksgiving Meal in New York City," 14 Nov. 2018 The evening began with a tomato tasting; 18 varietals and Queen of the Nightshade cocktails (yes, crafted by 22Fresh's Hal Brock using tomatoes and Tito's Handmade Vodka) whet palates for the feast that followed. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Celebrity "Chefs in the Field" cater Recipe for Success's first Sunday supper at Hope Farms," 27 June 2018 Billy Kyles, a local minister, is there to lead King and his entourage back to his house for a soul food feast. Rick Hampson, USA TODAY, "The Witness: Clara Ester, the Lorraine Motel and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.," 20 Mar. 2018 Apparently, Chrissy, John Legend, and some friends decided to host a Thanksgiving dinner in February, which, sure, why not. getting ready for a thanksgiving feast. breaking boundaries today. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Did a Salt Bae Impression at Dinner and We Are Living," 28 Feb. 2018 Go with friends and share each other’s appetizers for a pre-dinner feast that will fill you up. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "This Italian restaurant serves free appetizers in Indianapolis," 14 Feb. 2018 The restaurant bustled and I was left with little doubt that this is a spot those working in the area frequently flock to for a midday feast. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Review: The down-home soul food at Franco's impresses - the second time around," 7 Feb. 2018 Dan and Jill O’Brien of Wild Idea Buffalo Company raise theirs as close to wild as possible, allowing the stately creatures to roam the South Dakota prairie and feast on native grasses from birth to death. Elizabeth G. Dunn And Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Battle for Thanksgiving Heats Up," 31 Oct. 2018 Hyde's ideal morning-after feast is a protein source like eggs, yogurt, or cottage cheese with a mix of leafy vegetables and healthy carbs like berries. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Holidays Are Coming—Here's How To Get Back On Track After a Big Meal," 19 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Having feasted more than most on this federal rat poison, Lehman was deeply insolvent, ultimately paying creditors holding $450 billion only 14 cents on the dollar. WSJ, "Considering Lehman’s Failure 10 Years Later," 19 Sep. 2018 Rosh Hashanah also begins the High Holidays — a special period of celebration and penance, feasting and fasting, and lots of prayer. Joshua Eaton, Teen Vogue, "Everything You Need to Know About Rosh Hashanah," 10 Sep. 2018 The property’s magnificent walled garden is open to the public (many want to feast their eyes on the Pineapple!), but privacy can be found in another garden, tucked away behind the house and saved exclusively for guests. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "You Can Rent a Pineapple Palace on the Airbnb For Historic Homes," 16 Aug. 2018 After feasting for weeks each summer, the most impressive males waddle away to hibernation weighing more than three NFL nose tackles. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "Op-Ed: Alaska’s Pebble Mine Somehow Just Got Worse," 11 June 2018 Members of the Red squad will be treated to steak during the team’s luncheon on Monday afternoon, while the White team will feast on hot dogs and beans. Wells Dusenbury, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Robison, Johnson go head-to-head in QB battle; locals shine in FAU spring game," 22 Apr. 2018 After feasting on the power play in the first two games, the Blue Jackets failed to score on four tries with a man advantage. Mitch Stacy, baltimoresun.com, "Capitals beat Blue Jackets, 3-2, in second overtime to cut series deficit to 2-1," 18 Apr. 2018 In Cleveland, it's celebrated by feasting on Polish food and beer and taking in the Dyngus parade and pageant. cleveland.com, "Dyngus Day 2018: Parade, pierogi, polka and a Polish wedding (schedule, photos)," 27 Mar. 2018 Jordan's reputation for feasting on opponents didn't happen overnight, either. Larry Holder, NOLA.com, "Cam Jordan relishing Pro Bowl trip, but Vikings loss still stings," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of feast


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of feast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

: a religious festival



English Language Learners Definition of feast (Entry 2 of 2)

: to eat large amounts of food


\ˈfēst \

Kids Definition of feast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a very large or fancy meal

2 : a holy day observed by members of a religion


feasted; feasting

Kids Definition of feast (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to eat well

2 : delight entry 2 sense 1 She feasted her eyes on the decorations.

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