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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The evening’s festivities started well before game’s scheduled start time of 7:10 p.m., as the two spent a couple of hours visiting iconic spots in the ballpark. Nicole Yang, BostonGlobe.com, "Celtics rookies Grant Williams, Carsen Edwards throw out the first pitch at Red Sox game," 6 Aug. 2019 The festivities will start at 6 p.m. ET at Nippert Stadium and the two-hour program will provide fun for FCC fans of all ages. Kyle Brown, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati to host first Fan Fest Aug. 4 at Nippert Stadium," 9 July 2019 Opening-day festivities start at noon on Saturday and include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, prizes and live music. Allyson Reedy, The Denver Post, "Little Man’s new Ice Cream Factory in Sloan’s Lake uses a conveyor belt to deliver you magical goodies," 3 July 2019 Indianapolis got the festivities started early with three hits by the first three batters. Robert Rimpson, The Courier-Journal, "Bats end latest home stand with a bang against the Indianapolis Indians," 3 July 2019 Geneva-on-the-Lake: The festivities start at 10 p.m. from the GOTL Golf Course. Laura Johnston, cleveland.com, "From Put-in-Bay to Fairport Harbor, 5 spots to watch July 4 fireworks on Lake Erie," 1 July 2019 The festivities started with a re-enactment of the 1969 World Series parade before Saturday's game against the Atlanta Braves, led by Mr. and Mrs. Met. Fox News, "Mets honored with keys to the city 50 years after their 1969 'miracle' season," 30 June 2019 The festivities started the day before the wedding, when the couple hosted all of their guests for a cruise on the Steamboat Natchez and drinks at Bacchanal. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "There Was Dancing in the Street—and the Rain—at This New Orleans Wedding," 20 June 2019 Every year, the anniversary festivities start on Feb. 1 — the day Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned from France after 14 years in exile to become the supreme leader as Shiite clerics took power. Nasser Karimi, The Seattle Times, "Iranians mark anniversary of victory day in 1979 revolution," 11 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of festivity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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