fes·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ fe-ˈsti-və-tē How to pronounce festivity (audio) , fə- \
plural festivities

Definition of festivity

2 : the quality or state of being festive : gaiety
3 : festive activity

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Examples of festivity in a Sentence

The decorations give the hall an air of festivity. The festivities will include a parade, a concert, and games for children. We enjoyed the New Year's Eve festivities.
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Recent Examples on the Web The cancellation of festivities marking the 75th anniversary of V-E Day offered fresh disappointment. Danica Kirka, The Christian Science Monitor, "Wisdom from WWII vets as COVID-19 puts V-E Day on hold," 8 May 2020 This year’s festivities – including the Miss Polonia dimer, Mass at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, the grand parade and parade after party -- were to have taken place May 1-3 until the coronavirus health crisis intervened. cleveland, "Seven Hills resident awarded Les Dames d’Escoffier International culinary scholarship: Sun Postings," 3 May 2020 Facebook will also provide tools for users who want to host their own virtual graduation ceremonies and festivities, like a virtual graduation hub and custom filters. Anabel Pasarow, refinery29.com, "Instagram Is Hosting A Virtual Graduation — & Oprah Is The Commencement Speaker," 28 Apr. 2020 The all-day celebration will be a series of online festivities beginning at 10 a.m. ET. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Celebrate Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary With Online Activities From the American Museum of Natural History," 22 Apr. 2020 This is the first community in the Milwaukee area to cancel Fourth of July festivities due to the coronavirus. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Glendale's Fourth of July celebration has been canceled over the coronavirus pandemic," 22 Apr. 2020 Marysol Ortega looked forward to ending her last year at Thomas Jefferson High School with cross-country races, homecoming festivities, prom and — of course — graduation. Dallas News, "Proms are canceled and graduation is up in the air: Seniors work through 'roller coaster’ year," 17 Apr. 2020 The Queen does not host an egg hunt for the public, but in years past, several royal palaces have put on Easter festivities, which sometimes include egg hunts. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How the Royal Family Traditionally Spends Easter," 11 Apr. 2020 Tinkle and Kelley were honored before the game as part of OSU’s Senior Day festivities. oregonlive, "Oregon State Beavers wrap up the regular season by beating California: Live updates recap," 8 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of festivity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of festivity was in the 14th century

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21 May 2020

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“Festivity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/festivity. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce festivity (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of festivity

: celebration and enjoyment
: enjoyable activities at the time of a holiday or other special occasion : festive activities


fes·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ fe-ˈsti-və-tē How to pronounce festivity (audio) \
plural festivities

Kids Definition of festivity

1 : festive activity holiday festivities
2 : celebration and enjoyment a feeling of festivity

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