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

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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 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, "Famous Friends, Big Brands & a Higher Purpose Underscore Artist Festival Panel at Billboard Live Music Summit," 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, "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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the festival was not without its booking hiccups, as several artists announced cancellations. Blake Ells, Rolling Stone, "Florida’s Mile 0 Fest: On the Ground at One of the First Music Festivals Back," 3 May 2021 Cleveland is host this year, and the fan festival is back, albeit with some COVID restrictions. Mike Bass, The Enquirer, "Bass column: Back-to-back No. 1s for the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL Draft," 29 Apr. 2021 The festival will be at a new location Vandergriff Park. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "Annual art festival returns this weekend to Arlington, but with a new name," 29 Apr. 2021 The festival which will run from May 20-23, was the brainchild of its founder, Lee Brian Schrager, a powerhouse in the wine and food industry. Michael Alpiner, Forbes, "More Reasons To Visit South Florida In 2021," 26 Apr. 2021 The festival is still on; please join us in the City Park from 10am - 4pm for our favorite day of the year! Tyler Wilkins, ajc, "Grayson cancels Saturday parade, festival to continue," 23 Apr. 2021 The festival, by the way, is the oldest Fringe in the U.S. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Fringe preview introduces P. Sparkle, 30th festival’s theme," 20 Apr. 2021 The festival is free of charge; for more information, to register for events, and for a complete schedule, visit newburyportliteraryfestival.org. BostonGlobe.com, "The BU Antiracist Literary Festival, a new book about the history of Rounder Records, and the Newburyport Literary Festival," 15 Apr. 2021 The music festival will be a smaller, socially distanced version of Abbey Road on the River while still honoring The Beatles and music of the 1960s along with food trucks, vendors, art installations and more. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "A small-scale version of Abbey Road on the River is coming to Jeffersonville this May," 10 Apr. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/festival. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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