Definition of festive
- a festive occasion
- The house looks festive during the holidays.
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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First Known Use: 1613See Words from the same year
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: cheerful and exciting : suited to a celebration or holiday
: of or relating to Christmas
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