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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Despite the harrowing circumstances—a finite supply of food, limited cellphone service, cramped quarters, and a dreary winter landscape on all sides—the atmosphere in the train has been surprisingly festive, reports CNN. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Amtrak Train with 183 People On Board Has Been Stranded in Oregon Snow for 36 Hours," 26 Feb. 2019 And with each autumn season, even more deliciously festive — and sometimes peculiar — items seem to pop up on the market. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "10 Pumpkin Spice Flavored Foods," 19 Oct. 2018 And over the festive season, the Kylie Cosmetics founder has worn several exceedingly sparkly, super-tight, naked, and Britney-inspired looks, while continuing to embrace her love of perspex and transparent footwear. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Wears Sparkly $1,640 Sandals, a Revealing Black Trench Coat, & Nothing Else," 29 Dec. 2018 Italy Italy’s Interior Ministry ordered security to be tightened before Christmas for the festive period, including for New Year’s events. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "One more storm of blood from Slayer, on the metals band’s final tour," 13 June 2018 Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press For Samar Baydoun Bazzi, the Ramadan Tree grew out of a desire to mark the Islamic holy month with festive cheer. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan woman turns trees into crescents to celebrate Ramadan," 7 May 2018 Beijing film regulators have a policy of blocking international imports during the traditional festive season, giving local studios the chance to run their biggest titles head-to-head without outside competition. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "China Box Office Surges 39 Percent in First Two Months of 2018," 1 Mar. 2018 The Queen is hosting her annual Christmas luncheon, which means that members of the royal family have been arriving at Buckingham Palace ahead of the festive celebration. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George Looks Pretty Moody as He Arrives at the Queen's Christmas Luncheon," 19 Dec. 2018 The effect keeps things casual while still embracing the festive spirit. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "6 Chic New Years Eve Outfit Ideas," 17 Dec. 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
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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