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 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 Maybe she's headed to join the Queen for some festive celebration? Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Regular Person Kate Middleton Spotted Driving Herself to Buckingham Palace," 13 Dec. 2018 The live music and straw hats are long gone, replaced by large-screen TVs and other modern amenities, but the company says the original festive spirit is still there. Bonnie Miller Rubin, WSJ, "They Were Huge Franchises. Why Did They Collapse?," 25 Nov. 2018 Keep the festive spirit alive all season long with holiday movies 24/7, only on Hallmark Channel! Country Living, "Hallmark Channel," 11 Nov. 2018 Book ahead—it’s crowded and festive on weekends—and beware that the signature drink, a watermelon mojito, goes down all too easily. Sara Clemence, WSJ, "Puerto Rico on the Rebound: A Three-Day Getaway Guide," 26 Dec. 2018 Neutrals are chic and speak to a festive (but still sophisticated) mood. Divya Bala, Harper's BAZAAR, "5 Outfit Ideas to Slay Every Holiday Party," 30 Nov. 2018 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

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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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