festive

adjective fes·tive \ ˈfe-stiv \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

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

festively

adverb

festiveness

noun

Examples of festive in a Sentence

  1. The house looks very festive during the holidays.

  2. She was in a festive mood.

  3. The reunion will be a festive occasion.

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Origin and Etymology of festive

Latin festivus, from festum

festive Synonyms

Synonyms
blithesome, merry, gay, gleeful, jocose, jocular, jocund, jolly, jovial, laughing, mirthful, sunny
Related Words
amused, beaming, chuckling, giggling, smiling; bright, buoyant, carefree, cheerful, cheery, chipper, lighthearted, lightsome, upbeat; animated, bouncing, frisky, jaunty, lively, peppy, perky, spirited, sprightful, sprightly, vivacious, zippy; blessed (also blest), blissful, delighted, ecstatic, elated, enraptured, entranced, euphoric, exhilarated, exuberant, exultant, gladsome, happy, high, joyful, joyous, jubilant, overjoyed, radiant, rapturous, ravished, thrilled, tickled; amusing, facetious, flippant, frolicsome, funny, hilarious, jesting, joking, joshing, playful, sportive, witty; cavalier, devil-may-care, easygoing, happy-go-lucky, insouciant, unconcerned; hopeful, optimistic, rosy, sanguine; antic, comic, comical, farcical, humorous, riotous, sidesplitting, uproarious
Near Antonyms
abject, aggrieved, anguished, blue, brokenhearted, crestfallen, dejected, depressed, despondent, disconsolate, disheartened, dispirited, downcast, downhearted, forlorn, glum, heartbroken, heartsick, heavyhearted, low-spirited, melancholy, sad, saddened, sorrowful, unhappy; crying, groaning, moaning, sobbing, wailing, weeping; discontented, disgruntled, moody; doleful, dolorous, joyless, lachrymose, lugubrious, mournful, plaintive, sorry, woeful; black, bleak, cheerless, comfortless, dark, depressing, desolate, dismal, dreary, gloomy, glum, gray (also grey), morose, saturnine, somber (or sombre), sullen; miserable, woebegone, wretched; dull, lethargic, listless, sluggish, torpid

FESTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

festive

adjective

Definition of festive for English Language Learners

  • : cheerful and exciting : suited to a celebration or holiday

  • : of or relating to Christmas


FESTIVE Defined for Kids

festive

adjective fes·tive \ ˈfe-stiv \

Definition of festive for Students

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


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