\ 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

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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 San Diego’s colony of Portuguese yesterday, White Sunday, celebrated its Sociedade Espirito Santo fiesta with a colorful procession high mass at the St. Agnes church and a feast. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 June 2022 The meat from the animal is then donated to food banks in North America — and also enjoyed at home for a holiday feast. Manal Aman, Woman's Day, 9 June 2022 Each day, there’s a different adventure, including a jetboat ride up the Stikine River in Wrangell, a skiff adventure in Glacier Bay, an exploration of Baranof Island and a visit to a private lodge for a surf-and-turf feast on the beach. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, 7 May 2022 The clip finds Strange holding court at the head of a table as a bunch of people prepare for a feast. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 20 Apr. 2022 The event, which included a procession and a feast, violated India’s COVID restrictions on public gatherings, and at least two people were arrested. Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2022 In early days of the new year, people typically get together with family and friends for a feast and various other traditions. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 3 Feb. 2022 The most traditional celebration of the Lunar New Year is called Media Noche, where Filipino families come together for a midnight feast to celebrate a year of prosperity ahead. Anna Kim, Travel + Leisure, 28 Jan. 2022 There’s a meatless version of sisig made with mushrooms; combine it with a warming coconut-kabocha curry and long beans in a gentle tamarind-tamari glaze for a satisfying vegan feast. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bears and doom-mongers have had plenty to feast upon in the news this year, from inflation and the cost-of-living crisis to volatility in everything from blue-chip stocks to cryptocurrencies. Steven Desmyter, Forbes, 8 June 2022 But billions of songbirds are now on their way to feast there, where few people dare to venture in summertime. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Apr. 2022 For decades, Laguna Beach has launched a herd of goats to feast on the city’s canyon slopes in an effort to reduce the threat of brush fires. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2022 But fishers and divers are reluctant because the otters like to feast on valuable species like Dungeness crab, sea urchin and abalone. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 May 2022 Depardieu, an old thalasso hand, invites Houellebecq to his suite to feast on illicit stocks of wine and rillettes. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 Lovers of fashion have had plenty to feast their eyes upon this week. Sam Sussman, Vogue, 21 May 2022 The vast majority of bees feed on pollen and nectar, but some species have evolved to feast on meat, substituting dead animal carcasses for flower meadows. Katie Hunt, CNN, 20 May 2022 The 2020 Spartans had a significantly truncated scheduled without any nonconference opponents upon which to feast. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 13 Jan. 2021 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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