feast

noun
\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

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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Other Words from feast

Verb

feaster noun

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

Lunch, High End For lunch, Mr. Munko suggested heading toward one of Berlin’s busiest shopping streets, Friedrichstrasse, for an Italian feast at Bocca di Bacco. New York Times, "A $1,000 Day in Berlin for $100," 29 May 2018 On May 18 through 20, there will be an opportunity to sample an ethnic feast without having to cross the ocean --the semi-annual St. Athanasios Greek Fest. Judy Buchenot, chicagotribune.com, "Suburban Cooks: Greek fest revives traditional dishes," 4 May 2018 An intimate Irish-themed farm-to-table feast, sans bagpipes. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Where to hear the pipes and celebrate St. Paddy’s Day | Idaho Statesman," 15 Mar. 2018 Sit down to an Indian feast at Woodlands Pure Vegetarian. Tom Hanchett, charlotteobserver, "Five best bites along international Albemarle Road | Charlotte Observer," 31 Jan. 2018 These crisp, honey-sweetened biscuits are a frequent feature at an Easter feast. Country Living, "Easter Morning Biscuits," 21 Apr. 2011 Let’s feast on some funnies: A tasty typo turned a U.S. Senate candidate’s name into that of a sandwich. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "A look at Seattle neighborhoods where crime is (and isn’t) up and finally some good news for homebuyers | Friday Morning Brief, July 6," 6 July 2018 The declining water level revealed a land bridge connecting an island rookery to the shore, allowing coyotes to pad across and feast on gulls and their nests. Louis Sahagun, latimes.com, "A changing climate at Mono Lake could mean more dust storms in the Eastern Sierra — or less water for L.A.," 5 July 2018 The toothless carp fish – which are plant eaters – voraciously feast on dead human skin. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Fish pedicure causes woman to lose her toenails, report says," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Gronkowski has feasted on the Colts with 20 catches and six touchdowns in five regular-season meetings. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about Colts vs. Patriots," 12 July 2018 Two years ago, that Texas offense feasted on what turned out to be a terrible Notre Dame defense. Andy Staples, SI.com, "How Important Is the Michigan-Notre Dame Opener for Both Teams' Season Outlooks?," 5 July 2018 President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un feasted on a nine-course meal complete with beef short ribs and soy-braised codfish Tuesday at a working lunch during the historic summit. Fox News, "Kim, Trump feast on 9-course menu with beef short ribs, soy-braised codfish," 13 June 2018 Hitters typically feast on starters the third time through the lineup, but Keuchel has allowed more runs and a higher batting average in the first inning than in any other. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Dallas Keuchel struggles in Astros' loss to Mariners," 5 June 2018 The rhino skeleton had cut marks on 13 of its bones and both of its humerus bones were cracked open, giving feasting hunters access to its marrow. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "700,000-Year-Old Butchered Rhino Pushes Back Ancient Human Arrival in the Philippines," 4 May 2018 In Fiordland, harvest crayfish (lobster) to feast on later tonight. Tom Ricketts, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to New Zealand," 5 Oct. 2016 The Cubs have feasted on the Brew Crew this season, winning seven of eight meetings. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Anthony Rizzo expects Cubs-Brewers series to be ‘fun, loud and exciting’," 10 June 2018 Red’s Meadow is a landmark site on the John Muir Trail, where after two weeks of trail food, hikers can feast. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Trails, camps, lakes open for summer in Land of Muir," 17 June 2018

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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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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 \

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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