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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The occasion was sometimes festive despite the solemnity of the message. Fernando Vergara, SFChronicle.com, "Colombian bishop hopes holy water will curb violence in crime-ridden city," 13 July 2019 Several hundred onlookers gathered on a festive, sunny afternoon as White and company — including musical pals Brendan Benson and Dean Fertita — played a team that included many Hamtramck residents. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Jack White brings a big-league presence to sandlot baseball game in Hamtramck," 11 July 2019 Neon colors tend to stick out, so if standing out from the crowd is your goal, then try one of the pretty polishes ahead–but warning these colors are festive and loud. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "9 Pretty Polishes To Paint On This Summer," 26 June 2019 Consider a dress with the same vibe: traditional, perhaps, but also celebratory, festive, and fun. Julie Sabatino, Glamour, "18 Black Dresses (Yes, Black!) You Can Wear as a Wedding Guest," 16 May 2019 Those countries are among several of the more festive standouts in jerseys for the global soccer showcase, with loads of sentimental touches in the designs of the 32 teams. Leanne Italie, chicagotribune.com, "Nigeria's bright, trippy uniforms a hit among World Cup uniforms," 12 June 2018 Getty ImagesRich Fury The holiday season means a bunch of parties—some of which will be fun and festive, some of which will be boring social requirements. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Jenna Dewan Wore the Most Festive Outfit to Steve Kazee's "Love Actually Live"," 13 Dec. 2018 Small touches like festive dish towels make a big impact in a compact space. Megan Barber, Curbed, "How to decorate your RV for the holidays," 6 Dec. 2018 Here, Kendall Jenner snapped a festive Christmas photo featuring a pitcher, tea kettles, and canisters from the collection. Sarah Yang, ELLE Decor, "Our Favorite Home Decor Cameos," 7 Mar. 2014

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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