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

b : feast sense 2

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

The three-day festival also promises food trucks, amusements, and Saturday evening fireworks. BostonGlobe.com, "The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more," 13 July 2018 Pernell, who died at age 64 in 1987, only attended a few of the first Chesterton festivals, while Mary Ellen continued to attend faithfully almost every year. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Chesterton Oz Fest ‘First Lady’ still greeting fans," 13 July 2018 Dhananjay got his start on YouTube making parody videos of popular R&B songs, which attracted the attention of filmmaker Geremy Jasper who cast him in his coming-of-age rap story that was picked up by Fox Searchlight out of the Utah festival. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Patti Cake$' Actor Siddharth Dhananjay Signs With APA," 12 July 2018 On Thursday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m., the festival will present an appearance by sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine, who live in Connecticut and Maryland, respectively, and write together using the pen name Liv Constantine. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Write Stuff: Charles Monagan Kicks Off CT Authors Trail, Avon's Author Fest Continues," 11 July 2018 Volunteers are needed to greet visitors, pour beer, check IDs and attend to the festival’s new VIP patio. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Volunteers sought for Oswego Beats and Eats," 11 July 2018 Shopify stopped selling tickets to the festival after the Tribune story. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "They bought tickets to a bogus sushi festival. Now they can’t get their money back," 11 July 2018 The four-day festival includes a writing carnival outside the Franklin Institute, a soul-music dance party at the museum planetarium, a keynote talk, and a gospel breakfast. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "Mighty Writers launches a festival of its own: MightyFest, coming this fall," 10 July 2018 The festival will begin at 2 p.m. and will feature food trucks, songs, dances, plays, comedy, acting workshops, group painting, art galleries, music lessons and more. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 10 July 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 \

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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