festival

adjective
fes·​ti·​val | \ ˈfe-stə-vəl How to pronounce festival (audio) \

Definition of festival

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, appropriate to, or set apart as a festival

festival

noun

Definition of festival (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a time of celebration marked by special observances
2 : an often periodic celebration or program of events or entertainment having a specified focus a daffodil festival a Greek festival

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Synonyms for festival

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of festival in a Sentence

Noun Each year, a festival was held to celebrate the harvest. The town has a summer festival in the park.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective To McClean, this was an opportunity to create something that had never existed: a true R&B festival hand-crafted by one of its contemporary rising stars. Sarah Grant, Billboard, "Famous Friends, Big Brands & a Higher Purpose Underscore Artist Festival Panel at Billboard Live Music Summit," 5 Nov. 2019 Lauryn Hill’s only festival appearance) and the idiosyncratic synth-pop stylings of Blood Orange, whose only other fest is Osheaga, across the border in Montreal. Billboard, "A Guide to Planning Summer Music Festival Season 2018," 2 June 2018 The jury president swept through the party while festival head Theirry Fremaux was spotted taking selfies. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Cannes: Cate Blanchett Fetes the HFPA at Beachside Bash," 14 May 2018 Lauryn Hill’s only festival appearance) and the idiosyncratic synth-pop stylings of Blood Orange, whose only other fest is Osheaga, across the border in Montreal. Billboard, "A Guide to Planning Summer Music Festival Season 2018," 2 June 2018 The jury president swept through the party while festival head Theirry Fremaux was spotted taking selfies. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Cannes: Cate Blanchett Fetes the HFPA at Beachside Bash," 14 May 2018 From 24 concerts reported to Billboard Boxscore for LCD Soundsystem since the beginning of 2016, the performances -- aside from festival appearances -- are averaging a gross of about $200,000 per show from primarily theater-sized venues. Bob Allen, Billboard, "LCD Soundsystem Scores on Hot Tours Tally With Fall Run," 11 Jan. 2018 The song itself, a brilliant and controversial standout from his new album, isn't exactly festival material. Matt Miller, Esquire, "Jay-Z Made a Powerful Statement During His Meadows Performance," 16 Sep. 2017 Festival space is located at Broad Street at Farm Road 157/Main Street. Faye Reeder, star-telegram, "Open house will show how Arlington Charities fights hunger, poverty," 30 Aug. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The festival's competitions titles include the Jenna Ortega and Maddie Ziegler starring The Fall Out, documentary about Selma Blair and her living with Multiple Sclerosis. Mia Galuppo, Billboard, "Charli XCX, Tom Petty Docs Set as SXSW Headliners for Virtual Film Fest," 10 Feb. 2021 This film, which won the festival's 2021 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, features a Mexican scientist grappling with latent trauma following the death of his parents in a flood during his childhood. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Sundance: The 6 best movies for representation you haven't heard about yet," 4 Feb. 2021 The 2021 Sundance Film Festival Awards were unlike any before and had filmmakers calling in from around the world Tuesday night to cap off the festival's first virtual edition. Lindsey Bahr, Star Tribune, "'CODA,' 'Summer of Soul' win top prizes at Sundance Awards," 2 Feb. 2021 Talking heads in the documentary contextualize why this festival's timing was pivotal to a community in rebirth. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Time Travel To “Black Woodstock” In Sundance Stand-Out Summer Of Soul," 2 Feb. 2021 Meanwhile, Cara Mía is hoping to present its annual Latinidades festival with two world premieres inside the center toward the end of the season. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "As North Texas theater companies brace for more COVID complications, ‘The Cube’ dares to bring back live audiences," 22 Jan. 2021 An official announcement about the festival's plans could come as early as next week. Keith Spera, NOLA.com, "2021 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival to be postponed to fall, source says; see new dates," 14 Jan. 2021 Here are the best movies on Netflix to ensure your own personal film festival will be a success. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "53 Best Movies on Netflix You Can Watch Now (December 2020)," 29 Dec. 2020 South By Southwest has opened registration for its virtual festival. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Dec. 10-16," 26 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of festival

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for festival

Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin festivus festive

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The first known use of festival was in the 14th century

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“Festival.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/festival. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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festival

noun

English Language Learners Definition of festival

: a special time or event when people gather to celebrate something
: an organized series of performances

festival

noun
fes·​ti·​val | \ ˈfe-stə-vəl How to pronounce festival (audio) \

Kids Definition of festival

1 : a time or event of celebration a harvest festival
2 : a program of cultural events or entertainment a jazz festival

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