\ ˈfēst \

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

In Germany, mystery plays were performed on Christmas Eve, traditionally celebrated in the church calendar as the feast day of Adam and Eve. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Trees of Life and Wonder," 13 Dec. 2018 The big curlews were having a crab feast, their long, curved bills perfectly suited to extract the thumb-size fiddlers from their similarly curved holes. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Bay food chain comes to life with tide change," 14 Apr. 2018 After the sunset prayer, families sit together around the table and feast together. Said Ahmed-zaid, idahostatesman, "Finding purpose in fasting during Ramadan | Idaho Statesman," 21 May 2018 At the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, a feast with family and friends. refinery29.com, "How Pinterest Changed The Way We Celebrate Ramadan," 15 May 2018 After sunset prayer, Muslims are also allowed to eat and drink as part of iftar, a feast with family and friends. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Why are Muslims fasting? What you need to know about Ramadan," 11 May 2018 Bleu Bohème will serve a three-course feast with options like eggs Benedict, made with your choice of crab cakes or Canadian bacon on a Wolferman’s English muffin, or, rabbit with braised radishes, fava beans, fingerling potatoes and mustard jus. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "76 local restaurants will be hoppin' with breakfast, lunch and dinner specials on Easter Sunday," 27 Mar. 2018 Marrakech is a feast for the senses, with taste right up there with sight and smell. Lindsay Cohn, ELLE Decor, "Why Every Culture Aficionado Needs to Visit Fez, Morocco," 6 Mar. 2018 Complete the feast with Randall's Mom Pan's Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Sun-Dried Cherry and Cranberry Salsa. Country Living, "Cornbread Dressing with Sage and Pork Sausage," 28 Sep. 2010

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Guano remains a highly prized fertilizer, and Peru is at the top of the field thanks to the gigantic quantity of oily anchovies that guano birds feast on — which makes their dung valuable — and the unusual nature of Peru’s desert coast. Washington Post, "The unlikely treasure off Peru’s coast," 21 June 2018 This is a fantastic development for the NBA and the TV folks, who feast on the Warriors’ star power and sheer greatness. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Love ’em or hate ’em, Warriors swagger into All-Star break," 15 Feb. 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


\ ˈfēst \

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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