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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Gray skies did not put a damper on the festive atmosphere at Westminster City Park Saturday as more than 100 people gathered in support of Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County’s Walk a Mile in Their Shoes fundraiser. Katie V. Jones, Baltimore Sun, 15 May 2022 Known as Parco del Valentino on a normal day, this Eurovision Song Contest fan zone now hosts hundreds from all over, drawn by the festive atmosphere and bedecked in colorful flags from their home countries. Andrew Jones, NBC News, 13 May 2022 For an even more festive atmosphere, tack up some outdoor string lights or tuck the table and chairs underneath a garden pergola. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 28 Apr. 2022 The festive event, called The 1922 Club, benefits CFA’s programs. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Apr. 2022 For a festive, fun, and gorgeous cake, this ombre cake recipe is a beautiful and delicious option. Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, 14 Apr. 2022 The Burgman’s nose and tail, too, now blend their Burgmanesque countenance with full LED function to give a (slightly) festive appearance, and the dual headlights have integrated position lights. Josh Max, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, Michael Buble’s festive classic Christmas (Reprise) lifts 4-3, its highest peak of the year, while Little Mix’s career retrospective Between Us (RCA) is up 9-5. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 3 Jan. 2022 Shoppers say that the stocking is beautiful, festive, and big enough for several presents. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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21 May 2022

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“Festive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/festive. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for festive


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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