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

Examples of fest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fest is hosted by Chicago Media Project, a company that has generated more than $8.5 million in funding for documentary projects. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 3 Apr. 2024 Wheel of Fortune set up a double-whammy April Fools’ Day prank in anticipation of the annual joke fest. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 2 Apr. 2024 The fest is scheduled to run from 5 p.m. to midnight and is expected to attract 20,000 fans. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 2 Apr. 2024 While Sundance has not released festival attendance for this year, lodging was expected to be up year-over-year ahead of the fest. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Mar. 2024 The 26th edition of the Florida fest will feature live and in-person screenings and events that will take place across Sarasota beginning on April 5. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 21 Mar. 2024 Called Quasar, the stage will feature extended sets that run three to four hours, with Coachella producer Goldenvoice announcing different lineups for both weekends of the fest. Katie Bain, Billboard, 21 Mar. 2024 This year’s iteration of the fest was seen as a return to form after years of struggling with the pandemic and its aftermath. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Mar. 2024 The series chronicles the journey from the fest’s origins as a Jane’s Addiction farewell tour to its becoming a cultural phenomenon. Spin Staff, SPIN, 19 Mar. 2024

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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 Apr. 2024.

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