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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Everything else was red and gold, including some of the guests, who looked rather dashing and festive. Wendy Yu, Vogue, "Dim Sum and Peking Opera: Inside Wendy Yu’s Festive Chinese New Year Party," 24 Jan. 2019 After hosting her own holiday bash over the weekend, according to Entertainment Tonight, J. Lo kept it quiet but festive for the day itself. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "For Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, Christmas Was All About Matching PJs and Holiday Dancing," 26 Dec. 2018 This creepy holiday can often get lost in the shuffle of trick-or-treating and school parties, which is why chef to the stars, Meg Hall, recommends throwing a more refined affair with these delicious and festive recipes. Alexis Jones, Redbook, "The Best Halloween Food Ideas for Your Adult Gathering," 2 Aug. 2018 The glitzy look was equally festive and over-the-top extra – because this is a Kardashian/Jenner event, after all. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner Legit Couldn't Get Out of Her Christmas Eve Party Dress," 26 Dec. 2018 For the festive occasion, Kate wore a completely red ensemble. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears a Festive Red Catherine Walker Coat to the Christmas Day Church Service," 25 Dec. 2018 Watching a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie can put anyone in a festive mood. Lourdes Avila Uribe, Glamour, "What You Can Expect to See in Every Single Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie," 24 Dec. 2018 The doctors and nurses on the floor had spun into action to make the nuptials festive. Allison Klein, Washington Post, "She was in labor. From her hospital bed, she married a couple also having a baby.," 24 May 2018 This holiday season, celebrities have been stepping out at their respective parties in ensembles that are festive and on-theme, but decidedly very fashion too. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Of Course Beyoncé’s Holiday Party Suit Involves Hot Pants," 23 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 \

Kids Definition of festive

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

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