\ 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

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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 When will travelers be able to slide $20 bills into a slot machine, feast at a celebrity restaurant or see a show in Las Vegas again? Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Itching to visit Las Vegas again? MGM Resorts says these Strip hotels will reopen first," 1 May 2020 Or join the rest of the community in providing a pot-luck feast. cleveland, "We should mourn how the pandemic has complicated mourning," 25 Apr. 2020 Or cook an Italian feast for dinner with an authentic Olive Garden recipe. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Cloud-Like Whipped Milk Is the Dessert Version of Dalgona Coffee," 23 Apr. 2020 Ramadan, which begins in Pakistan later this week, is the holy month in which Muslims crowd into mosques and fast all day, holding feasts after sundown with family and friends. Maria Abi-habib, BostonGlobe.com, "As Ramadan nears, religious leaders implore Pakistanis to ignore lockdown," 23 Apr. 2020 Date night attendees can enjoy a multi-course seafood feast that is easy to order with its To Go service, including curbside pickup. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Red Lobster Just Planned the Ultimate Quarantine Date Night," 23 Apr. 2020 Ramadan is observed by fasting through the day, followed by nightly feasts. Replenishing the ranks. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Monday Sunrise Briefing: US close to $450 billion rescue plan," 20 Apr. 2020 Eid al-Fitr is celebrated through prayer, gifts, and a lavish feast. Juliana Labianca, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Ramadan and When Does It Start?," 20 Apr. 2020 For some people, that’s an excuse to create an elaborate feast—a celebration that flies in the face of a pandemic, even while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Which grocery stores are open—and closed—on Easter Sunday 2020?," 11 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Jeny Brandt feasted on the boards, finishing with 17 rebounds to go along with 19 points. Chris Allen, Detroit Free Press, "State college roundup: CMU women clinch share of MAC regular-season title," 22 Feb. 2020 Guard Donovan Mitchell feasted on wide-open looks, chipping in 23 points on 8-for-13 shooting (4-for-8 from 3-point range). Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors get blown out by Jazz for 12th loss in 13 games," 22 Jan. 2020 Patrons of Victory Grille can still feast on their favorite Baumhower classics. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Baumhower’s to offer groceries starting Monday: ‘If I don’t get help, I’ll be out of business’," 10 Apr. 2020 But with Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns sidelined with a broken hand, Theis feasted in the paint with a collection of putbacks and dunks, as the Celtics looked to exploit Minnesota’s smaller lineups with pick-and-roll actions. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, "Quartet’s historic night carries Celtics to open four-game trip," 22 Feb. 2020 In the run-up to the wedding, newspapers feasted on unflattering coverage of Ms. Markle’s father, a 73-year-old former Hollywood lighting director living quietly by himself in Mexico. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "Prince Harry’s Real Declaration of Independence: From Britain’s Tabloids," 9 Jan. 2020 But as the leaders feasted, suffering Iranians stewed. The Economist, "The World in 2020 Iran and America in 2020: a dreadful relationship," 25 Dec. 2019 Houston’s small lineup is built to feast on turnovers, and Thursday was no exception. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors have no answer for Rockets’ small ball in blowout loss," 20 Feb. 2020 Today is Thanksgiving Day, a time of family, friends, feasting and football. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Happy Thanksgiving!," 28 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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“Feast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feast. Accessed 24 May. 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


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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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