\ 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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Other Words from feast


feaster noun

Synonyms for feast

Synonyms: Noun

banquet, dinner, feed, regale, spread

Synonyms: Verb

banquet, dine, junket, regale

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Examples of feast in a Sentence


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


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

San Francisco, California Think of the three-day Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in Golden Gate Park as a feast for all your senses. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in August," 26 June 2019 This created a tempting feast for bison herds, which the hunters then used to lure the bison in for the kill. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Native Americans managed the prairie for better bison hunts," 25 July 2018 The persistent rain has been especially worrisome for farmers in central Illinois who grow most of the nation’s pumpkins and the processors who turn the squash into pie filling for the nation’s Thanksgiving feasts. Washington Post, "Rain leaves veggie farmers struggling with no aid in sight," 16 June 2019 Listen to folk music, play corn hole and Jenga, and feast on strawberry shortcake for dessert. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Steel & Rye toasts the season with Summer Solstice Party," 14 June 2019 This evening, feast on a traditional South African braai (barbeque). National Geographic, "Southern Africa Family Journey: In Search of the Big Five," 12 June 2019 These restaurant groups and organizations will spotlight the best of Connecticut’s bounty at special outdoor feasts. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "This year’s list of farm-to-table dinners in Connecticut," 5 June 2019 Davis is also intimately familiar with how carbohydrate-heavy feasts often sit at the center of tradition in many African-American households. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Viola Davis on Being Diagnosed With Prediabetes: ‘I Was Shocked’," 1 May 2019 But the shift in location does come with some other changes for the scrappy festival, which offers up a feast of (relatively) cheap entertainment that arrives in quick bites of generally less than an hour’s running time. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego International Fringe Festival unfolds this week in its new Balboa Park home," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

With summer barbecue season finally here, Americans everywhere will be firing up their grills and feasting on their favorite foods. Alix Wall, sun-sentinel.com, "Some much-loved American Jewish classic foods may increase risk of cancer," 10 July 2019 Together, the best friends create Supper Club, a collective for women to gather and feast unapologetically. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "5 books not to miss: 'The Golden Hour,' 'The Chain,' 'Supper Club'," 6 July 2019 Now, without further ado, feast your eyes on the bold, beautiful hair and makeup moments of the season so far. Allure, "The Best Beauty Looks From Paris Couture Fall 2019," 29 June 2019 Today's Headlines The terrifying unknowns of an exotic invasive tick A new kind of tick is creepy-crawling around New Jersey and 10 other states, biting people and feasting on livestock. Alex Baker-whitcomb, WIRED, "A New and Terrifying Tick, a 3D-Printed Shoe Sole, and More News," 28 June 2019 In Sweden, residents celebrate the summer solstice by dancing around a maypole and feasting on herrings. oregonlive.com, "4 ways to celebrate the summer solstice in Portland," 20 June 2019 The team often feasted on the junior circuit’s many second-division teams, yet proved largely incapable of matching the level of the elite teams in the AL. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Oh, look, the Red Sox took a series from a good team," 19 June 2019 Green feasted barrelling downhill on the 4-on-3, tossing lob after lob in the Warriors’ sweep. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Can the Splash Brothers Pull Off One More Oracle Classic?," 13 June 2019 Two years into his tenure, Allen – the former coach at Ben Davis – is feasting on an exclusive diet of three- and-four-star recruits. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: IU, Purdue are actually, finally trying to win in football," 5 June 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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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


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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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