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

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 Roughly 90% were vaccinated, according to a pre-festival survey, and those who weren’t had to regularly visit one of 12 rapid COVID test swab spots on the Lido. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 8 Sep. 2021 The American Tiny House Association will also host a pre-festival symposium from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, with local city, county and state officials expected to attend to discuss the future of movable tiny housing in California. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2021 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, 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, 2 June 2018 The jury president swept through the party while festival head Theirry Fremaux was spotted taking selfies. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, 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, 2 June 2018 The jury president swept through the party while festival head Theirry Fremaux was spotted taking selfies. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, 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, 11 Jan. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There were no other injuries, and the festival continued as authorities secured the scene of the explosion, police said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 Honoring a special 25-year partnership with the festival, Chopard will showcase 75 bespoke high jewels on this year's red carpet. Lauren Tappan, Town & Country, 17 May 2022 In addition to celebrating the best in international cinema, the festival is also known for its glamorous and extravagant fashion. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 May 2022 The festival has barred Russians with ties to the government. Jake Coyle, ajc, 17 May 2022 The festival's 2022 daily schedule is available online at AROTR.com. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 17 May 2022 The three-day festival kicks off on Thursday, July 21. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 17 May 2022 Producers hope to announce the film’s lead actor, the character who suffers from the false awakenings that lend the movie its title, during the festival. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 May 2022 Over the past three years, an average of nearly 15% of festivalgoers have gotten into the festival for free through a series of promo deals, many of them supporting local nonprofits, according to Summerfest officials. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of festival

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

15th century, 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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“Festival.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/festival. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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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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