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 But little blunted the spirits of visitors gathered outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown to celebrate a ritual that is to many minds the most festive and joyous of the year. New York Times, "The Easter Parade That Could Not Be Stopped," 5 Apr. 2021 When the week of her daughter's birthday arrived, Burgos turned her energy to making their empty apartment feel festive. Arkansas Online, "In 2020, little things make life worth living," 26 Dec. 2020 The festival will feature synthetic ice skating, festive light displays, a beer garden with firepits, holiday shopping and an igloo village. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "16 things to do in Cleveland this weekend, Dec. 25-27," 24 Dec. 2020 Plated individually, beef short ribs feel as festive as restaurant fare. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "Need a holiday entree to share remotely? Few dishes beat beef short ribs for festivity and reheatability.," 21 Dec. 2020 While the holiday season will look markedly different among the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, Americans are getting festive in creative ways to keep the spirit of the season alive. Julia Musto, Fox News, "America Together: Send us your Christmas photos and we'll tell your story," 10 Dec. 2020 And from the flocked tree that twinkles behind me in daily Zoom meetings to the smell of cedar that brings the outdoors in, our winter wonderland apartment has made the season feel infinitely more festive. Laurel Benedum, ELLE Decor, "How an ELLE Decor Editor Decorates for the Holidays at Home," 10 Dec. 2020 The dine-in theater chain is getting festive this month with its Holiday Classics Retro Series. Linda Kessler, Dallas News, "Where to catch festive films this holiday season," 4 Dec. 2020 The Gateway, on the west edge of downtown, also has a holiday light show, giant Christmas tree and other festive displays. Tony Semerad, The Salt Lake Tribune, "A quiet downtown Salt Lake City worries owners of restaurants and businesses," 27 Nov. 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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27 Apr 2021

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“Festive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/festive. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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