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

Their United by Music booth is right next to the festival’s biggest stage. oregonlive.com, "Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland hits special note for special Pacific Northwest group," 4 July 2019 Press Coffee Roasters Proof at Four Season Resort Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain Talavera at Four Seasons Resort The Dhaba The Phoenician Tavern Sweet Republic How to get tickets Tickets to the food festival are available online now. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "31 restaurants to try at the 2019 azcentral Wine & Food Experience at Salt River Fields," 1 July 2019 From hundreds of outdoor fests this summer, Lisle’s three-day Eyes to the Skies festival floats to the top of the pack. chicagotribune.com, "15 Things to do with the kids, July 1-7," 30 June 2019 An email query to the festival from Fox News was not immediately returned Saturday. Fox News, "Music event canceled over security, fraud concerns; compared to Fyre fest fiasco," 30 June 2019 Considering going to a festival this summer and not sure which one to tackle first? Kelli Williams, The Denver Post, "LIV Sotheby’s International Realty produces Denver Metro and Resort editions of signature publication, LIV Magazine," 27 June 2019 According to Deutsche Welle, residents also planned a counterprotest to take place next to the festival but officials prohibited the demonstration citing safety concerns. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Locals buy up town's beer to keep neo-Nazis from drinking during a festival," 26 June 2019 Admission covers access to the festival; food and drink are available for purchase. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Yes, there will be margaritas at this weekend’s Connecticut Taco Festival," 26 June 2019 Over 150 items pay homage to the festival that attracted more than 400,000 music fans. BostonGlobe.com, "North Calendar: Celebrate the Fourth," 25 June 2019

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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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