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feast

noun \ ˈfēst \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of feast

1 a : 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

Examples of feast in a Sentence

  1. give the annual Thanksgiving feast

  2. Every guest brought a different dish to the party, and we had quite a feast.

  3. There were hundreds of guests at the royal wedding feast.

  4. the feast of the Nativity

Recent Examples of feast from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of 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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feast

verb

Definition of feast

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

feaster

noun

Examples of feast in a Sentence

  1. the returning war heroes were feasted all over the country

  2. feast your eyes on all the fresh flowers at the farmers' market

Recent Examples of feast from the Web

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First Known Use of feast

14th century



FEAST Defined for English Language Learners

feast

noun

Definition of feast for English Language Learners

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

  • : a religious festival


feast

verb

Definition of feast for English Language Learners

  • : to eat large amounts of food


FEAST Defined for Kids

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feast

noun \ ˈfēst \

Definition of feast for Students

1 : a very large or fancy meal
2 : a holy day observed by members of a religion

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feast

verb

Definition of feast for Students

feasted; feasting
1 : to eat well
2 : 2delight 1
  • She feasted her eyes on the decorations.


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