\ 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 That meant these Thanksgiving weekend feasts for your eyes needed to be printed two weeks ago so they could be shipped to distribution centers all over the country. Danya Issawi, New York Times, "How We Created a ‘Turducken’ of Media News," 30 Nov. 2019 More than 100 people came out to run or walk a 5K or 10K to help raise money for Kinsmen Lutheran Church’s annual Thanksgiving feast. Paul Wedding, Houston Chronicle, "‘Run for Your Turkey’ raises money for annual Thanksgiving community feast," 29 Nov. 2019 At Smithsonian, Michelle Delgado digs into the history of the beloved crockpot, the staple of potlucks, holiday dinners, and hastily prepared weeknight feasts. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "All Hail the Inventor of the Crock Pot: Irving Nachumsohn," 28 Nov. 2019 USA TODAY Happy Thanksgiving to all, a three-course football feast Thursday serving as mere appetizer with the NFL fielding its first lineup of 16 games since Week 3. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "USA TODAY Sports' Week 13 NFL picks: Do Steelers get even with Browns, retain final AFC wild-card spot?," 28 Nov. 2019 After their brutal first winter in the New World, the Pilgrims — all 53 of them were survivors from the original Mayflower voyage — shared a feast with Wampanoag Indians in 1621. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Our National Festival," 28 Nov. 2019 From noon until the early evening, fans will get to indulge in a football feast. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten football predictions: Will Michigan stun Ohio State? Who wins the West?," 28 Nov. 2019 But in the spirit of enjoying a bountiful feast free of worry, a bold lip may not be the most practical option for all. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A Manifesto for Looking Glamorous at Thanksgiving Dinner," 27 Nov. 2019 Still, millions of people across the country will be shaking off the post-Thanksgiving feast malaise and hitting the town this coming Friday (if not Thursday evening) to pick up discount clothes, electronics, toys and more for the holiday season. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Black Friday shoppers: The Denver Post business reporters want to know your secrets," 26 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb USA TODAY Shoppers hungry for Black Friday bargains may want to hit the stores before feasting on pumpkin pie. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Early Black Friday madness: Will your favorite stores be open on Thanksgiving?," 13 Nov. 2019 Bats benefit humans during the summer by eating pesky insects, including mosquitoes, and provide important protection for Midwestern crops like corn and soybeans by feasting on bugs that could otherwise ravage farmland. Patrick M. O'connell, chicagotribune.com, "Bats live mostly out of sight and out of mind. But their falling numbers are a reason to look up and worry, scientists say.," 31 Oct. 2019 The shortstop saw a slider before feasting on an 0-1 fastball. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros win Game 4, push Yankees to brink of elimination," 18 Oct. 2019 But nothing could deter our intrepid heroes from feasting on champagne and canapés. The Economist, "The sad decline of Thatcherism," 12 Oct. 2019 Celebrate with a welcoming glass of bubbly before feasting on a four-course luncheon paired with wine, in either the atmospheric 13th-century vaulted kitchen or in a private salon. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cruise Like a Royal: 5 Itineraries Where You Can Visit Castles and Hang Out With Nobility," 17 Sep. 2019 The chick hatched weighing 57 grams and is already up to 171 grams from feasting on a diet of smelt and tiny herring, the zoo said. Kristi Belcamino, Twin Cities, "Como Zoo celebrates a bouncing baby puffin, its first," 15 Aug. 2019 But after feasting mostly on weak opponents, the Mets on Tuesday encountered the Braves, who won the National League East last season and are once again well ahead of the field. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "The Mets Are on Fire. The Braves Are Watching From a Safe Distance.," 13 Aug. 2019 Phylloxera is particularly attracted to Vitis vinifera roots and will feast on them to the point where a vine no longer produces fruit. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Walla Walla vineyards face threat of phylloxera, insect that ruins grapevine production," 4 Sep. 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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7 Dec 2019

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“Feast.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feasted. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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