: a gathering, event, or show having a specified focus
a music fest
often used in combination
a gabfest

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One person was killed and at least 40 people were injured after high winds caused a portion of the main stage to collapse at Valencia, Spain’s Medusa Festival, an EDM fest set to feature David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Afrojack and more. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 13 Aug. 2022 East Side Neighborhood Garden members are holding a BLT fest and family picnic from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at the garden in the Gifford Park neighborhood at Channing and Division streets in Elgin. Mike Danahey, Chicago Tribune, 11 Aug. 2022 The Rangers, then with Jeff Gorton their GM, filched the Russian left winger away from Columbus in the July 2019 free agency fest. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Aug. 2022 The day featured three acts who'd trekked to Detroit after their Friday sets at Chicago's Lollapalooza fest. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 31 July 2022 The 79th edition of the Italian fest is set to run Aug. 31-Sept. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 July 2022 Baum was president of the Fox Valley Blues Society, which had about 100 members in 1997 when the first Blues on the Fox fest took place. Steve Lord, Chicago Tribune, 15 June 2022 The 75th edition of the Locarno fest will run August 4-14. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 26 Apr. 2022 As the cowboy fest roared back home, Cheney railed against Trump's failures. Mead Gruver, BostonGlobe.com, 22 July 2022 See More

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Word History


German, from Fest celebration, from Latin festum — more at feast

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fest was in 1889

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“Fest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fest. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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