\ 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Then, last November, just before the latest feast, Rustat’s name was quietly dropped from the jollities. The Economist, "Ties that bind British universities are examining how they benefited from slavery," 6 Feb. 2020 Below, a feast of options for the food fetishist in your life. Nora Deligter, Vogue, "Food for Thought: On the Surprising Appeal of Inedible Art," 20 Dec. 2019 Cue the four-course holiday feast, personally prepared by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and served in your own dining room. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Mark Hotel's Holiday Package May Be New York's Most Expensive at $250K," 15 Dec. 2019 Also, many people won’t eat all day until the Thanksgiving feast, which is a really big meal that can play a role in our sleepiness. BostonGlobe.com, "Blame gluttony, not the turkey, for postmeal sleepiness, a Tufts dietitian says - The Boston Globe," 27 Nov. 2019 Finally, for those in need looking for an early Thanksgiving feast, the grassroots nonprofit One Heart for Women and Children will provide a hot meal, hygiene items, socks, jackets and blankets from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday in Parramore. Kate Santich, orlandosentinel.com, "Where to find free turkeys, meals for Thanksgiving in greater Orlando," 22 Nov. 2019 In the fun segment, the pair feast, and get into the fighting and jousting spirit. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Post Malone Takes a Trip Back to Medieval Times in Sunday Night 'Fallon': Watch," 8 Sep. 2019 Oregon’s special teams were a mix of feast and famine, as its return units fared well but its coverage units struggled, mightily so on kickoffs. oregonlive, "Statistically speaking: Oregon Ducks defense allows fewest points per game since 1966," 15 Jan. 2020 Some of the earliest work in the field was conducted by Lars Bygren, a Swedish epidemiologist who used historical data from his hometown of Overkalix to reveal intriguing connections between feast, famine and the long-term health of men in 2001. Judith Finlayson, chicagotribune.com, "Men’s lifestyles can affect babies’ health," 27 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Look for a big game from Grant Gunnell, who will feast on Colorado's defense. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Arizona football game-by-game predictions: How many wins for Wildcats in 2020?," 17 Jan. 2020 Jonathan Taylor was among the Badgers who feasted at the home of the Indianapolis Colts. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Playoff ramifications? Heisman impact? 11 thoughts on Ohio State’s 34-21 comeback victory over Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game," 7 Dec. 2019 Simpson and other divers tend to this underwater nursery as gardeners mind a flower bed — slowly and painstakingly plucking off snails and fireworms that feast on immature coral. Washington Post, "Surprise rescue of Jamaica coral reefs shows nature can heal," 3 Dec. 2019 Unable to string together stops, Golden State has mostly been limited to half-court offense — a tough blow for a team that has long feasted on ratcheting up the tempo. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Looking for a positive in this Warriors season? Watch the free-throw line," 15 Nov. 2019 Now the companies are about to share this information with the consumers who feast on their products — and scallops are just the start. BostonGlobe.com, "Ever wonder where your next meal is coming from? A Massachusetts fishing company will soon be able to show diners at a restaurant chain in California exactly where and when the seafood on their plates was harvested, in some cases even showing video of scallops being hauled out of the sea.," 24 Oct. 2019 An entire political entertainment system that feasted on the next day’s hope for a deus ex machina now did eschatology as well. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, "The Forgotten Christian Terror Cult That Presaged Trump’s Memes," 22 Oct. 2019 Hurts, who should feast on Kansas’ defense Saturday, has a rating of 249.9. Christopher Smith, al, "Will Jalen Hurts cost Tua Tagovailoa a Heisman Trophy?," 2 Oct. 2019 Simpson and other divers tend to this underwater nursery as gardeners mind a flower bed — slowly and painstakingly plucking off snails and fireworms that feast on immature coral. Christina Larson, The Denver Post, "Coral gardeners bring back Jamaica’s reefs, piece by piece," 18 Sep. 2019

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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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16 Feb 2020

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“Feast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feast. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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 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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