fes·​tal ˈfe-stᵊl How to pronounce festal (audio)
: of or relating to a feast or festival : festive
festally adverb

Examples of festal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In spite of the temperature, a festal gaiety was rising. Kent Russell, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 Rather than succumbing to despair and too much eggnog, theater companies have instead turned to performance capture, audio drama, livestream, green screen, shadow puppets and virtual reality to deliver festal entertainment. New York Times, 12 Dec. 2020

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Word History


Latin festum

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of festal was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near festal

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“Festal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/festal. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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fes·​tal ˈfest-ᵊl How to pronounce festal (audio)
festally adverb
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