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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Art school Gather up all of your Christmas cards, festive decorations and old magazines and newspapers and set up a series of art projects somewhere glue-and-pen-proof. Sarah Ivens, The Courier-Journal, "Here's how to entertain your kids on a snow day," 11 Jan. 2018 The end of the school year is always exceptionally busy and fun for eighth-graders at Cockeysville Middle School, as the last week is jam-packed with festive events to celebrate moving on from middle school. Melissa Whatley, baltimoresun.com, "Justin, Miley have nothing on these eighth-graders," 27 June 2018 Hundreds of adoptable dogs and cats in festive, family-friendly event. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this weekend: Feb. 9-11," 5 Feb. 2018 Soccer star and future MLS team owner David Beckham arrives for a festive event at the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center in February 2014. Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "Beckham’s Miami soccer team has been a dream for years. The reality may be days away.," 14 Jan. 2018 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

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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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