\ 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

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 Fitting this feast of themes in a two-and-a-half-hour musical is an arduous ask for any composer-lyricist, especially one who insists on a nearly five-octave vocal sprawl. Ashley Lee, latimes.com, "Anais Mitchell on the very public evolution of ‘Hadestown’ in the digital age," 4 June 2019 The salatim, or salad, includes a feast of small dishes, to share as an appetizer or enough for a full meal. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "24 of our favorite appetizers at Chicago-area restaurants," 3 June 2019 Vigano's new document was dated Friday, Sept. 29, the feast of St. Michael, Archangel. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Ex-Vatican ambassador blasts Pope Francis over lack of response to claims of sexual abuse cover-up," 28 Sep. 2018 Reed expertly divides the book by occasions, with menus for a Mardi Gras brunch, an Italian feast, a gumbo lunch, and much more. Jennifer Milne, ELLE Decor, "How to Throw a New Orleans-Style Fete, According to Julia Reed," 11 Apr. 2019 Released in October 2018, The Dubrow Diet: Interval Eating to Lose Weight and Feel Ageless is a lifestyle inspired by Terry's feast-and-famine eating style during his medical school residency. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About the Dubrow Diet," 29 Jan. 2019 So, what’s the story with this feast-or-famine offense? Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Numbers tell the story of the Brewers' offensive ups and downs," 22 June 2018 Given the current climate, fonio could be the difference between feast and famine in the region. Richard Morgan, Bloomberg.com, "This African Super Grain Could Solve Famine and Drought (Plus It’s Gluten-Free)," 28 Feb. 2018

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Rather than feasting on, say, a plate of catfish in the years before his death, Burial 7/I might have spooned up calorie-rich porridge, a mix of cereals and goat’s milk. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 Guests including Camille Rowe, Djuna Belle, and Jennifer Meyer feasted on seafood and pasta at the renowned Italian spot; endless samples of sweet corn ravioli, spinach pasta, and dover sole were passed around for all to taste. Julia Russo, Vogue, "Re/Done and Weejuns Celebrate Their Shoe Collaboration in Santa Monica with Paris Jackson and Cassandra Grey," 27 July 2018 At Trabocco Punta Tufano learn about the history of the piers while feasting on a multicourse seafood meal for $46 including wine,facebook.com/traboccopt. David Farley, WSJ, "Where to Feast on Italy’s Freshest Seafood? These Historic Piers," 10 July 2018 Sip on an agua fresca while feasting on carnitas, guacamole and more. A.d. Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Kissimmee Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 Havre de Grace Maritime Museum Shrimp and Barbecue Festival Take in the waterfront views while feasting on artisan chef Nic Galloro’s barbecue chicken, pork ribs or steamed shrimp, while sipping a glass of wine or a beer. Allana Haynes, baltimoresun.com, "Summer festivals, fairs and other events in Harford County and around the state," 24 May 2018 While Dickinson was feasting at the free throw line, Creek wasn't getting nearly as many opportunities. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Boys' basketball: Clear Creek falls to Dickinson in OT," 12 Jan. 2018 Much longer, the devil’s ravenous eyes suggest. Starving even while feasting, poor thing. Karen Russell, The New Yorker, "Orange World," 4 June 2017 These microscopic critters feast on your dead skin cells, according to the Mayo Clinic. Jessica Toscano, SELF, "Here’s How Often You Should Really Be Washing Your Sheets," 23 Feb. 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


\ 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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