noun (1), often capitalized
\ ˈfesh \
plural feiseanna\ -​shənə \

Definition of feis

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an assembly in ancient Ireland for the promulgation of laws and for competition in artistic, intellectual, and physical prowess — compare aenach
2 : an Irish folk festival or convention patterned on the ancient feis and featuring games and competitions and usually traditional Irish music and dancing — compare eisteddfod

Definition of feis (Entry 2 of 2)

plural of fei

: a wild banana (Musa fehi) widely cultivated in Polynesia and distinguished by an upright fruiting stalk bearing large thick fruits that have reddish orange or yellow skin and are edible only when cooked

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History and Etymology for feis

Noun (1)

Irish Gaelic, from Middle Irish, feast; akin to Old English wist food, feast, existence, Old High German wist food, Old Norse vist food, dwelling, Gothic wists nature, essence, Old English wesan to be

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“Feis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feis. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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