\ 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

Synonyms for feast

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Then, last November, just before the latest feast, Rustat’s name was quietly dropped from the jollities. The Economist, "Ties that bind British universities are examining how they benefited from slavery," 6 Feb. 2020 Below, a feast of options for the food fetishist in your life. Nora Deligter, Vogue, "Food for Thought: On the Surprising Appeal of Inedible Art," 20 Dec. 2019 Cue the four-course holiday feast, personally prepared by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and served in your own dining room. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Mark Hotel's Holiday Package May Be New York's Most Expensive at $250K," 15 Dec. 2019 Also, many people won’t eat all day until the Thanksgiving feast, which is a really big meal that can play a role in our sleepiness. BostonGlobe.com, "Blame gluttony, not the turkey, for postmeal sleepiness, a Tufts dietitian says - The Boston Globe," 27 Nov. 2019 Finally, for those in need looking for an early Thanksgiving feast, the grassroots nonprofit One Heart for Women and Children will provide a hot meal, hygiene items, socks, jackets and blankets from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday in Parramore. Kate Santich, orlandosentinel.com, "Where to find free turkeys, meals for Thanksgiving in greater Orlando," 22 Nov. 2019 In the fun segment, the pair feast, and get into the fighting and jousting spirit. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Post Malone Takes a Trip Back to Medieval Times in Sunday Night 'Fallon': Watch," 8 Sep. 2019 Oregon’s special teams were a mix of feast and famine, as its return units fared well but its coverage units struggled, mightily so on kickoffs. oregonlive, "Statistically speaking: Oregon Ducks defense allows fewest points per game since 1966," 15 Jan. 2020 Some of the earliest work in the field was conducted by Lars Bygren, a Swedish epidemiologist who used historical data from his hometown of Overkalix to reveal intriguing connections between feast, famine and the long-term health of men in 2001. Judith Finlayson, chicagotribune.com, "Men’s lifestyles can affect babies’ health," 27 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The human remains three mountain lions feasted on when authorities found them last month belong to an Oklahoma man who went missing in early December, authorities said Tuesday. Kaila White, USA TODAY, "Authorities say Oklahoma man was eaten by mountain lions in Arizona," 22 Jan. 2020 The human remains three mountain lions feasted on when authorities found them last month belong to an Oklahoma man who went missing in early December, authorities said Tuesday. Kaila White, azcentral, "Remains eaten by mountain lions near Tucson identified as Oklahoma man," 21 Jan. 2020 Jared told me to look by the lock-and-dam systems along the Mississippi River, where eagles often feast on the fish uprooted by the rushing water. Washington Post, "On the tourist trail in Iowa," 16 Jan. 2020 Eagles, ravens, and wolves also feast on the fish runs. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "The Tongass National Forest is a Wilderness on the Chopping Block," 16 Jan. 2020 Presumably not long before discarding the gum, the woman feasted on hazel nuts and duck, which left their own DNA sequences behind. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, "Human Genome Recovered From 5,700-Year-Old Chewing Gum," 17 Dec. 2019 If the Blazers shut down the North Texas rushing attack, the front seven and secondary will feast on the Mean Green’s one-dimensional offense. Evan Dudley, al, "Blazer Buzz: UAB vs. North Texas TV info, key matchups," 30 Nov. 2019 While the celebrants might well have feasted on wild turkey, the local diet also included fish, eels, shellfish, and a Wampanoag dish called nasaump, which the Pilgrims had adopted: boiled cornmeal mixed with vegetables and meats. Philip Deloria, The New Yorker, "The Invention of Thanksgiving," 18 Nov. 2019 It will be staged at the activity center, as well, from 4-9 p.m. With snow on hand, kids can start a snowball fight or enjoy sliding down a snow hill after playing carnival games and feasting on s’mores. Carissa D. Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "Here come holiday events in Deer Park," 13 Nov. 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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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?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=f&file=feast001. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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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


\ 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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