feast

noun
\ 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

feast

verb
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

Verb

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

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

Restaurants and houses of worship that moments earlier were hosting holiday feasts and joyful services were plunged into chaos, filled with rubble, broken furniture, shards of glass and the... Uditha Jayasinghe, WSJ, "Sri Lanka Easter Bombings Kill at Least 290; Several Americans Dead," 22 Apr. 2019 Class Eventi served an Italian feast that included scallops and burrata as appetizers, followed by a pasta course of ravioli stuffed with zucchini flowers and spinach, and tagliolini with black truffle and toma cheese. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Epic Lake Como Wedding Had It All: An Alta Moda Photoshoot, Fireworks, and a Surprise Opera," 11 Apr. 2019 In 2018, Ryan Seacrest hosted a dinner at his Beverly Hills spread that included a feast from chef Curtis Stone and a performance by country music star Luke Bryan. Jeremy Kinser, Town & Country, "Is This Star-Studded LACMA Party the Art World's American Idol?," 17 Mar. 2019 Enjoy a family-style ham or turkey feast at Bob Evans or in the comfort of your home. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "20 Restaurants That Will Stay Open on Easter Sunday," 12 Mar. 2019 See you tonight #redfarmnyc A post shared by RedFarm (@redfarmnyc) on Mar 23, 2018 at 11:46am PDT View this post on Instagram Who’s up for a dim sum feast in Hong Kong? Lucas Shaw, The Seattle Times, "From pig-shaped bao to ‘Pac Man’ dumplings, chefs now make dim sum for the Instagram generation," 25 Mar. 2019 The new Simone Rocha installation at New York's Dover Street Market, now on view for the next three weeks, is a feast, to be sure—just not the edible kind. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Simone Rocha and Laila Gohar Create a Fantasy Banquet Inside Dover Street Market," 8 Feb. 2019 At 62, Galás is a feast for the senses, on stage and on record, and her panoramic range seems to have grown coarser yet more exacting with age. James Reed, latimes.com, "Swoops, shrieks and croons: Diamanda Galás transfixes at Palace Theatre," 27 Apr. 2018 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

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Hilfiger was seen having a great time, giving standing ovations during the acts while the attendees danced and feasted on burgers, hot dogs, and truffle fries. Thomas Delage, Vogue, "The Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya Afterparty Was Just As Epic As the Show," 4 Mar. 2019 Staying home on Friday night to watch bad movies on Netflix, feasting on takeout’s finest fried appetizers: crab rangoon. Catherine O’neill, Bon Appetit, "Your January Horoscope: Dumplings and Predictions," 2 Jan. 2018 Ramadan is also a time of feasting with family and friends. Washington Post, "Muslim fasting month of Ramadan to start Thursday," 15 May 2018 For example, scientists are finding that fish like rockfish are making meals out of pyrosomes instead of feasting on their normal diet of krill and shrimp. Ted Sickinger, OregonLive.com, "Police looking for shooter after one injured in Keizer," 22 Apr. 2018 Ryan said a family of woodchucks feasted on the Suburban while it was stored at his mother's home in Wisconsin, the Times reported. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Reports: Woodchucks feast on House Speaker Paul Ryan's SUV wiring," 12 July 2018 Tight end Jimmy Graham, a supreme red zone threat, came aboard in free agency and should truly feast in the end zone with No. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Packers training camp questions: Besides Aaron Rodgers' return, why else might Green Bay surge?," 11 July 2018 Just last month, a fresh batch of tabloid stories feasted on Sterling wearing clothes from Primark - a £14 hoodie, £16 jogging bottoms and a £2 by t-shirt bought by his girlfriend. SI.com, "Tabloid Attention on Raheem Sterling Reaches New Lows as England Star Is Slated for Eating Breakfast," 24 Apr. 2018 Chemicals firms in America, beaten down by rivals from the Middle East that enjoyed cheap feedstocks and others from China feasting on subsidised capital, had not invested in new local plants in years. The Economist, "America’s chemicals industry is booming. But politics may get in its way," 14 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of feast

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for feast

Noun

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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feast

noun

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

feast

verb

English Language Learners Definition of feast (Entry 2 of 2)

: to eat large amounts of food

feast

noun
\ 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

feast

verb
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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