\ 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 Both teams have feast or famine passing days, which is reflected in their numbers. Stephanie Stradley, Houston Chronicle, "Stephanie Stradley’s Texans-Bills Q&A with Tim Graham," 2 Jan. 2020 Mancinelli points out that humans have lived through seasons of feast and famine, while many cultures include fasting in their practices. Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "Can You Do Intermittent Fasting While on the Keto Diet?," 26 Nov. 2019 The occasion of Lola Marion’s death seemed the opportune time to try to make good on some of these goals after a nomadic gig-to-gig, resort-to-resort, feast-or-famine existence across the Pacific Rim. Longreads, "Why Karen Carpenter Matters," 4 Oct. 2019 It's been a feast-or-famine sort of atmosphere this season in Alaska. Matthew Cappucci, Anchorage Daily News, "An atmospheric river is drenching parts of Alaska after a stretch of scorching weather," 6 Aug. 2019 In terms of tangibles, the guy who departed hitting .241 in 83 at-bats figures to have minimal impact on a feast-or-famine offense that struggles to manufacture runs. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Ben Zobrist’s return is a nice storyline — but he’s not going to rescue the Cubs," 30 July 2019 The Summer Exhibition has happened every year since 1769, peace or war, feast or famine. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition Takes a Traditional Turn," 13 July 2019 Consider our prehistoric ancestors, the hunters and gatherers who survived through feast and famine, abundance and scarcity. Rahul Jandial, Md, Health.com, "The Popular Diet One Neurosurgeon Swears By as a Way to Boost His Brainpower," 5 June 2019 Dormancy also gave microbes a way to survive the feast-or-famine waves of food and other essentials, as well as the limitations of extreme environments. Carrie Arnold, WIRED, "A Blazing Hot Coal Seam Shows How Microbes Can Spring to Life," 21 Apr. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tonight, the Spurs begin the new year with a home matchup their All-Star big man — for whatever reason — traditionally has feasted on. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "LaMarcus Aldridge is the Spurs’ not-so-secret weapon vs. Oklahoma City Thunder," 1 Jan. 2020 Lousy conference Clemson has feasted on an ACC with no chance of keeping up, while Ohio State has maneuvered through a Big Ten that puts up much more resistance. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Ohio State hopes it has the right answers for the painful questions Clemson posed in 2016 playoffs," 21 Dec. 2019 At the party, guests feasted on tacos and sliders with all the fixings while there was a station set up to get themed t-shirts made on the spot. Falen Hardge, The Hollywood Reporter, "Vin Diesel Debuts 'Fast & Furious: Spy Racers' Animated Series That Honors Franchise's "Core Themes"," 10 Dec. 2019 And with a reservation, diners can feast on the same multi-course menus as previous prize winners, from Sir Alexander Fleming who won in 1945 to Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1964 to Mother Teresa in 1979. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "This Restaurant in Sweden Offers Every Meal Served at the Nobel Banquet Since 1922," 9 Dec. 2019 But the wolves also feasted on beavers and snowshoe hares. USA TODAY, "Eel-powered tree, skateboard safety, red light on herring: News from around our 50 states," 5 Dec. 2019 Rian Johnson's Knives Out, which opened Wednesday, is likewise feasting on strong numbers at the holiday box office in a win for original, midrange pics. Pamela Mcclintock, Billboard, "Box Office: 'Frozen 2' Tops Black Friday With $34M; 'Knives Out' Strong No. 2," 30 Nov. 2019 Together, migrants and Natives feasted for three days on corn, venison and fowl. Peter C. Mancall, CNN, "Pilgrims survived the first Thanksgiving thanks to an epidemic that devastated Native Americans," 25 Nov. 2019 Once the cows passed away, the vultures would feast on them, ingest diclofenac, and die. Charlie Hamilton James, National Geographic, "‘This is a full-blown crisis’: Fighting vulture poisoning in Kenya," 22 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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5 Jan 2020

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“Feast.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feaster. Accessed 17 January 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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