Definition of fest 

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

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The friends bought their tickets back in February for Fanoomies' sushi fest, a collection of Japanese food, drinks and culinary demonstrations originally slated for May 12-13. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "They bought tickets to a bogus sushi festival. Now they can’t get their money back," 11 July 2018 Considering the attacking strength of France and Belgium, there's potential for a goal-fest when the European neighbors meet in the World Cup semifinals. Jerome Pugmire, baltimoresun.com, "France vs. Belgium: What you need to know for Tuesday's World Cup semifinal," 9 July 2018 The fest is open from 4:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, 2 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "21 Things-to-do in the southern suburbs in July," 2 July 2018 For some bands the fest is a one-off occasion, but others take the opportunity to tour; maybe just a few days around the east coast, maybe a monthlong trek. Kevin Warwick, Chicago Reader, "Brazilian grindcore duo Test set to ravage Chicago following Maryland Deathfest," 7 June 2018 But the fest is merely the cartoon short before the main feature: Pixar Pier at California Adventure. Scott Craven, azcentral, "New this summer at Disneyland, Universal Studios and other SoCal theme parks," 7 June 2018 The fest is on Memorial Day weekend and spans three days, featuring 60-plus bands on two stages. Chris Haghirian, kansascity, "Memorial Day weekend in music: Westport Roots fest, The Decemberists, Kimbra | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 2018 CAPE DANCE FESTIVAL Headlining this fest is the Cirio Collective of Boston Ballet principal Lia Cirio and American Ballet Theatre principal (and former Boston Ballet principal) Jeffrey Cirio. BostonGlobe.com, "Critic’s picks: A bounty of ballet, tap, and much more on local stages," 18 May 2018 The fest is moving Friday’s scheduled performers into slots on Saturday and Sunday. Shane Harrison, ajc, "Funk Fest changes, others cancel or postpone due to weather," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of fest

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fest

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

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The first known use of fest was in 1889

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