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

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

April and May are filled will week-long festivals like The Beale St Music Fest, The World Champion Barbecue Contest and Africa in April. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "The 10 Best Vacations You Can Take With Your Tax Refund," 18 Mar. 2019 The festival showcases the Royal Marines Band and helps raise money for the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines Charity. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Wore His Military Dress to a Festival with Marines and Twitter Loved It," 17 Mar. 2019 Of course, there are also a number of activities that coincide with the festival, including the opening ceremony on March 23, the Blossom Kite Festival on March 30 and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 13. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "This Is When The Cherry Blossoms Will Peak in Washington D.C," 15 Mar. 2019 NBC News reports on his weekend appearance at the South by Southwest festival in... James Freeman, WSJ, "Please Howard, Don’t Hurt ’Em," 11 Mar. 2019 The Oscar-winning actor arrived at the world premiere of her latest film, Jordan Peele's Us, and the Austin's SXSW festival more or less stopped in its tracks to gawk at her gorgeous edginess. Marci Robin, Allure, "Lupita Nyong’o Wore the Most Futuristic Hair and Makeup to the Us Premiere at SXSW," 9 Mar. 2019 At that point, Toronto was only the third festival Roma had been shown at, but already, word was this was going to be the film to beat at the Oscars. Yolanda Machado, Harper's BAZAAR, "Yalitza Aparicio on Roma's Significance: "This Film Is An Opportunity to Make People Reflect"," 24 Feb. 2019 The second festival worth a stop-in is the Fertile Ground City-Wide Festival of New Works, which is takes place January 24 to February 3. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Portland, OR, in January 2019," 20 Dec. 2018 The team officially welcomed Lil Yachty to FaZe Clan during the rapper’s performance at the Rolling Loud festival this past weekend. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "FaZe Clan welcomes ‘FaZe Boat’," 18 Dec. 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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The first known use of festival was in the 14th century

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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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