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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Recent Examples on the Web While election campaigns in the country are often festive, featuring K-pop style dance troupes, this election season has been more sedate. Julia Hollingsworth And Jake Kwon, CNN, "South Koreans head to polls despite coronavirus outbreak," 15 Apr. 2020 The atmosphere at Hyderabad’s demonstration was festive, with hawkers selling lemonade and snacks, protesters sporting painted Indian flags on their cheeks and groups of women banding together in song until the sun set. New York Times, "Muslims Organize Huge Protests Across India, Challenging Modi," 4 Jan. 2020 Proving that even the less glamorous parts of the Rose Parade can be festive, two volunteers cleaning up horse manure with a shovel and barrel strutted down Colorado Boulevard wearing poop emoji hats. Los Angeles Times, "Rose Parade celebrates diversity with Rita Moreno, Los Lobos and Maria from ‘Sesame Street’," 1 Jan. 2020 This season, celebrities were more festive than ever. Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Best Dressed Celebrities This Christmas Season," 27 Dec. 2019 There are plenty of ways to get festive with your hair for the holidays. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kerry Washington Is Wearing the Prettiest Rainbow-Wrapped Braids for the Holidays," 21 Dec. 2019 At the rally held by President Donald Trump in Fayetteville on the eve of election night in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district, the atmosphere was festive. The Economist, "What a Republican victory in North Carolina means for 2020," 14 Sep. 2019 But as the train for Berlin pulls out of Malmo station in southern Sweden late on a July afternoon during one of this summer’s many heatwaves, the atmosphere among the strangers seated in car 104 is almost festive. Lisa Abend, Time, "In Europe, the Movement to Give Up Air Travel Is Taking Off. Could the U.S. Be Next?," 1 Aug. 2019 China's most festive holiday, Lunar New Year, unfolded Saturday in the shadow of the worrying new virus. Ken Moritsugu, Anchorage Daily News, "Xi calls situation grave as China scrambles to contain virus," 25 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of festive was in 1613

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3 Jun 2020

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“Festive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/festive. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce festive (audio)

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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