feast

noun
\ 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

feast

verb
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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Verb

feaster noun

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Synonyms: Noun

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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 Her birthday feast included a starter of foie gras, followed by capon with fragrant mushrooms. John Leicester, Anchorage Daily News, "COVID-defying nun toasts 117th birthday with wine, prayer and baked Alaska," 11 Feb. 2021 Easter basket stuffers, ingredients for your ham feast, and so much more. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Here Are Walmart's Easter Hours for 2021, Just in Case You Need to Make a Last-Minute Trip," 9 Feb. 2021 For dessert, plan ahead and order yourself a treat as a finale to your feast. Casey Barber, CNN, "This New Year's Eve, enjoy a simple celebration at home," 30 Dec. 2020 Cornyn could've gotten better meat for his Christmas feast. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, "Sen. John Cornyn should've just ordered barbecue for Christmas," 29 Dec. 2020 So, why did Gemma pick this Christmas Eve, near the end of the hardest, longest year, to send out their first Seven Fishes feast? Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "An Italian tour of Dallas: Lasagna, cannolis and Sunday Gravy from favorite family restaurants," 24 Dec. 2020 In a world where the only conversations most of us can overhear are family members’ and roommates' work calls, Bridgerton is a decadent feast of whispers and double-entendres. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Bridgerton’s Nicola Coughlan Has Some Secrets She’ll Never Tell — Or Will She?," 29 Dec. 2020 Black Is King was a visual feast and a game-changer for the many up-and-coming designers featured in it. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Year in Fashion: The 29 Moments We’ll Remember Most From 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park has come under fire for hosting a lavish Thanksgiving feast for hundreds, Times reporter Hayley Smith writes. Los Angeles Times, "Dreaming of a white Christmas? Hang out with reindeer virtually, minus the cold," 24 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Globes, delayed about two months due to the coronavirus, tried to muster some of the awards' usual buzz on Wednesday in a largely virtual awards season bereft the kind of red-carpet glamour the Globes annually feast on. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "With 'Mank' and 'The Crown,' Netflix dominates Globes noms," 3 Feb. 2021 Williamson got to consistently feast on closeouts instead of stationary defenders. Christian Clark | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Zion Williamson detonates on Kings as Pelicans' offense gets back on track," 18 Jan. 2021 All of the four lead actors in King’s crackerjack ensemble get multiple chances to feast on such brilliant dialogue, and all of them make the most of it. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "'One Night in Miami': Ensemble cast, crackling dialogue sell New Orleans-shot play adaptation," 18 Jan. 2021 During the eight-day holiday starting Dec. 10, Jewish families feast on foods fried in oil like latkes and jelly doughnuts. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "9 Bay Area restaurants serving Hanukkah feasts for takeout," 3 Dec. 2020 Second up, fans can feast on the Salted Double Caramel Crunch Doughnut, which is the Caramel Glazed Doughnut dipped in caramel icing, and finished with a salted crunch topping. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Krispy Kreme Unveils Caramel Glazed and Salted Double Caramel Crunch Doughnuts for a Limited-Time Only," 9 Nov. 2020 If the Browns start two third-stringers again, then T.J Watt and Cam Heyward will feast. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers preview: Scouting Pittsburgh and how they match up," 29 Dec. 2020 This holiday season many Texans will feast on turkey and roast beef and, being Texans, barbecue. Los Angeles Times, "Texas tackles wild hogs with high-stakes hunts," 27 Nov. 2020 In Australia, there has rarely been a better time to feast on lobster. Washington Post, "Amid Australian lobster glut, supermarkets impose purchase limits," 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of feast

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for feast

Noun

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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“Feast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feast. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for feast

feast

noun

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

feast

verb

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

: to eat large amounts of food

feast

noun
\ 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

feast

verb
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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