fes·​tive | \ ˈfe-stiv How to pronounce festive (audio) \

Definition of festive

1 : of, relating to, or suitable for a feast or festival a festive occasion The house looks festive during the holidays.
2 : joyful, gay a festive mood

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Other Words from festive

festively adverb
festiveness noun

Examples of festive in a Sentence

The house looks very festive during the holidays. She was in a festive mood. The reunion will be a festive occasion.
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Recent Examples on the Web This bright dessert display by Everyday Tables couldn't be more festive. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Easter Charcuterie Boards to Make Before the Egg Hunt," 17 Mar. 2021 Muslims worldwide celebrated one of their biggest holidays under the long shadow of the coronavirus, with millions confined to their homes and others gripped by economic concerns during what is usually a festive time of shopping and celebration. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Islamophobia on the rise, according to United Nations report," 11 Mar. 2021 But what is typically the industry’s biggest party will be less festive this year. Madeline Berg, Forbes, "Golden Globes 2021: The Winners List," 1 Mar. 2021 The inauguration is normally a festive time in Washington, filled with parties, brunches and crowded balls. Anchorage Daily News, "Law enforcement and military are taking an ‘unprecedented’ approach to security in DC," 14 Jan. 2021 Peppermint candies are always festive, as are gumdrops. Sara Chodosh, Popular Science, "How to build a gingerbread house that won’t fall apart," 25 Dec. 2020 The mood was festive at Birch Patrick Convalescent Center, where Carlos Alegre, 72, was the first resident vaccinated at the nursing home, which is part of Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center. San Diego Union-Tribune, "COVID vaccine reaches San Diegans in nursing homes; county gets 20K doses from Moderna," 21 Dec. 2020 Though everyone is staying home this holiday season, the next few weeks can still be festive and, yes, boozy. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "Law Roach, Yvonne Orji, and Jay Ellis Share Their Favorite Holiday Cocktail Recipes," 18 Dec. 2020 In a normal year, Thanksgiving is a festive time at many hospitals, nursing homes and other care facilities. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, "Amid COVID-19 surge, health workers and families do their Thanksgiving best," 26 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of festive

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for festive

Latin festivus, from festum

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The first known use of festive was in 1613

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3 Apr 2021

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“Festive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/festive. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of festive

: cheerful and exciting : suited to a celebration or holiday
British : of or relating to Christmas


fes·​tive | \ ˈfe-stiv How to pronounce festive (audio) \

Kids Definition of festive

1 : having to do with a feast or festival
2 : very merry and joyful festive decorations

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