\ 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

Shutterstock Another UNESCO World Heritage site, Guanajuato, Mexico, is a colorful feast for the eyes, with green, red, yellow, and orange buildings dotting the downtown streets and the surrounding hills. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 The day out is a feast for the eyes and stomach, and you’ll be positively stuffed by nightfall. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Each of the drinks below is a feast for the senses, and packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Health.com, "6 Mocktail Recipes That Make Happy Hour Way Healthier," 12 July 2018 This company can dance up a cavalry charge: The show is a feast of surprisingly precise and athletic tap. John Timpane, Philly.com, "Bucks County's '42nd Street': From Allentown (!) to Broadway, with great song and dance," 8 July 2018 Day trips to Havana are a feast for the eyes and the belly, where visitors have their choice of cuisine from barbecue to Italian fine dining. Amy Aumick, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Gadsden County: Antiquing in the little town of Havana," 15 May 2018 Taking the water taxi from downtown Seattle to West Seattle is a feast of beautiful views. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "Seattle beyond the Space Needle: Pick an itinerary and explore this summer," 14 May 2018 Whatever the cause, or causes, these lands have long been a feast for biologists. Michael J. Bailey, BostonGlobe.com, "Rhododendron rhapsody on Roan Mountain," 9 May 2018 There was a feast worthy of the celebration, and Alabama themed desserts, too. Joseph Goodman, AL.com, "NFL Draft 2018: The last moments of a different life," 27 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Step right up, folks, and feast your eyes on the most ginormous, the most humongous phone known to man! David Pierce, WSJ, "Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 Is Crazy Powerful. Can You Handle It?," 19 Aug. 2018 The Panthers went more than two months without a slipup against a bad team, feasting on the dregs of the Eastern Conference to climb up the standings and join the playoff picture. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "The Next Day Look: Ottawa Senators 5, Florida Panthers 3," 13 Mar. 2018 Without further ado, feast your eyes on the inspiration ahead to find your favorite new look. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "19 Beautiful Dark Brown Hair Colors to Inspire Your Next Dye Job," 11 Aug. 2018 Growing up in Richmond, Virginia, Kinnaird and her family regularly feasted on Southern favorites like homemade fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, yeast rolls, and sugary desserts. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "The Simple Diet Change That Helped One Woman Get Her Diabetes Under Control," 15 Oct. 2018 The extra attention on AD will open up shooting opportunities for Nikola Mirotic and Jrue Holiday, who’ve been feasting on open looks in the playoffs. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "2018 Western Conference Playoffs: Second Round Preview," 28 Apr. 2018 Villanova, meanwhile, was feasting from long range. Michael Casagrande, AL.com, "How Alabama's season ended with a thud against top-seed Villanova," 17 July 2017 In his postgame comments, Liddle accurately pointed out his objection to starting pitcher Matthew Boyd throwing so many off-speed pitches, which the Rangers feasted on. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire returns to dugout," 6 July 2018 Too often, black people become the unwitting prey of law enforcement officers who disproportionately feast on black bodies. Michael Harriot, The Root, "All Black People Are Victims of Police Brutality," 26 June 2018

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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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