\ ˈfēst How to pronounce feast (audio) \

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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feaster noun

Synonyms for feast

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of feast in a Sentence

Noun 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 Verb the returning war heroes were feasted all over the country feast your eyes on all the fresh flowers at the farmers' market See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun White flowers run the show, and all those buds of lily of the valley and gardenia are a feast for the senses. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 19 Apr. 2022 The extras are a feast for serious Pavement lunatics. Joe Gross, Rolling Stone, 7 Apr. 2022 April is a feast for lovers of independent and foreign film, with big releases coming from French, Swiss and Estonian directors. NBC News, 5 Apr. 2022 The linear fabric is a feast for the eyes, drawing you from the neckline to the meticulously lain train. ELLE, 28 Mar. 2022 Here are a few titles that are a feast for your ears. Leslie Kelly, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 This feel-good film, based on the 2006 namesake memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, is a feast for the senses. Esra Erol, Bon Appétit, 24 Mar. 2022 This is a vibrant salad that was fresh and delicious and is a feast for your eyes as well. cleveland, 23 Nov. 2021 The Guardians’ feast-or-famine offense is once again on a diet of bread and water. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 16 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb During agave flowering season, these tiny bats sniff out blooms and travel miles to feast on agave nectar. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 3 May 2022 The Grizzlies hope to feast on Golden State’s live-ball turnovers, ratchet up the tempo and thrive in transition. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Apr. 2022 Easter celebrations are the perfect excuse to feast on chocolate. Carol Ryan, WSJ, 17 Apr. 2022 Last year, Resorts World Las Vegas opened, inviting guests to feast at its food hall inspired by the hawker centres of Southeast Asia. Travel + Leisure, 7 Apr. 2022 This is an opulent space filled with gilded mirrors and ornate frescoes and a place to feast on the favorite dishes of pre-Colonial Indian royals. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 9 Mar. 2022 With its lush visuals and stunning choreography by Justin Peck, there’s a lot to feast your eyes on. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, 8 Feb. 2022 After the tableau, the bands U.S. and Radio Incorporated took over concert duties, allowing the LaShe’s and their guests to feast on the traditional offerings of sliders, chicken fingers, roast beef, fruit and cheese and more. The Masked Observer, al, 25 Feb. 2022 Italian truffles, known for a robust earthy and slightly garlicky taste, are a delicacy, and guests of the Casa di Langa in Piedmont and the Castello di Casole in Tuscany can not only hunt for their own but also feast on their finds. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of feast was in the 13th century

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\ ˈfēst How to pronounce feast (audio) \

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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