fes·tive | \ ˈfe-stiv \

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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The orange shade here is festive, but the silhouette is really easy to wear. Lindsay Peoples, The Cut, "What to Wear to a Bridal Shower," 2 July 2018 The occasion was festive as the automaker threw a giant party ahead of the speeches and invited performers such as the hometown artist Big Sean to the stage, as its leadership presented the scope of its vision. Tamara Warren, The Verge, "Inside Detroit’s crumbling train station that Ford plans to transform into a mobility lab," 20 June 2018 For an organization that has been an anchor to so many different refugee and immigrant cultures, the event was both a festive celebration and a moment for mixed feelings. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s Refugee Women’s Alliance building gets $5.5M expansion … and a party to celebrate," 29 Mar. 2018 Moviegoers have been treating Black Panther like a festive celebration rather than just a film (and rightfully so). De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Man Proposes to Girlfriend at a "Black Panther" Screening," 17 Feb. 2018 The assault occurred last year just before Carnival, Brazil's festive pre-Lenten celebration known for its big crowds, loud music, glittery costumes and hedonistic street parties. Jill Langlois, latimes.com, "Women in Brazil launch 'No Means No' anti-harassment campaign during Carnival," 9 Feb. 2018 There were other occasions, holidays, and festive celebrations — parties, gatherings of friends, birthdays, St. Patrick’s Day. S. Kirk Walsh, Longreads, "From One Friendship, Lessons on Life, Death, AIDS and Childlessness," 22 Jan. 2018 The summer parties are in full swing this week and everyone was ready to take advantage of the warm evenings by wearing their festive best. Aubri Juhasz, The Cut, "The Best-est Party Looks of the Week," 13 July 2018 The matchup, between two skilled teams and some of the world’s most festive and enthusiastic fan bases, demanded a social setting. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "World Cup double-bill: Mexico ousted by Brazil, but the best game came later," 2 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of festive

: cheerful and exciting : suited to a celebration or holiday

: of or relating to Christmas


fes·tive | \ ˈfe-stiv \

Kids Definition of festive

1 : having to do with a feast or festival

2 : very merry and joyful festive decorations

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