festival

adjective
fes·​ti·​val | \ ˈfe-stə-vəl \

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

carnival, celebration, fest, festivity, fete (or fête), fiesta, gala, jubilee

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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

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 Festival tickets start at $55, mountangelabbey.org/bach or 503-845-3064. Amy Wang, OregonLive.com, "7 arts picks: 'Snow White,' Minor White, opera concert for MAX victims, more," 20 July 2017 U2 is currently touring in support of the album's 30th anniversary and Bonnaroo was the Irish band’s first-ever U.S. festival appearance. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Bonnaroo's Attendance Bounces Back With 65K Turning Out For U2, Weeknd: Exclusive," 12 June 2017 Festival audiences can do funny things to, and for, what's actually on the screen. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'The Big Sick' review: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan are the medicine we need now," 29 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Since then, Shawn did a festival tour and also toured with Jingle Ball. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes Just Revealed What Songs He'll Be Performing For The First Time on His Tour," 8 Jan. 2019 Take ten million trees, 3.9 million people, 180 languages and dialects, the 7th largest stock exchange, the longest street in the world, and a renowned film festival. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Cool Girl’s Guide to Toronto," 27 Dec. 2018 Christmas at Pemberley Manor features a grinch-like billionaire (William Darcy) who comes up against an event planner (Elizabeth Bennett) who's determined to use his sprawling mansion for a holiday festival. Lourdes Avila Uribe, Glamour, "What You Can Expect to See in Every Single Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie," 24 Dec. 2018 On December 13, the country commemorates St. Lucia, one of the earliest Christian martyrs, with a festival. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria Shares Adorable Photos of Her Children Celebrating St. Lucia Day," 13 Dec. 2018 As part of this effort, PSVI, held a film festival in London in November. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Angelina Jolie Is Fighting the Social Stigma Faced by Survivors of Sexual Violence," 4 Dec. 2018 There’s also likely to be more activity during a concentrated event (like a music festival or even the Olympic Games) than on a random November Sunday night. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Tinder introduces Swipe Surge to alert users of high activity nearby," 15 Nov. 2018 Trump tweeted a collection of photographs on Tuesday, of the White House’s celebration of Diwali, a five-day festival common to a number of Southeast Asian religion traditions commemorating light prevailing over darkness. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Donald Trump left out Hindus when tweeting about a mainly Hindu holiday," 14 Nov. 2018 Elsewhere in Istanbul, Meripet's house was quiet during Eid al-Adha, a Muslim holy festival heralded by large family reunions. Yanan Wang And Dake Kang, Fox News, "China distances children from families to subdue Muslim west," 20 Sep. 2018

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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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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 \

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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