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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Spectrum News 13 begins its coverage Saturday with live reports from the Astronaut Parade in downtown Cocoa Beach and will cover festivities through July 24. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "Apollo 11: Local TV, national news explore stellar feat," 12 July 2019 The Wednesday festivities were particularly special for players Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris, who attended the awards show not only as teammates, but as fiancées. Lindsay Kimble, PEOPLE.com, "USWNT Stars & Engaged Couple Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger Share Photos from ESPYS: 'Forever Date'," 12 July 2019 Mike Trout continued the evening's festivities in the first inning. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Angels Honor Tyler Skaggs as Entire Team Wears No. 45, Mike Trout Homers," 12 July 2019 Pride highlights: From the Spirit of Stonewall Rally to the big parade, an event-by-event guide to this year’s Pride festivitiesTrans Pride: Noon to 5 p.m. today. Balboa Park (near Sixth and Laurel). San Diego Union-Tribune, "9 things to do in San Diego this weekend: Pride, ‘Miss Saigon,’ Over The Line Tournament," 12 July 2019 The footwear festivities kick off today with Early Access—aka a weeklong head-start for everyone with a Nordstrom Card—so there's very little between you and a wallet-friendly pair of leather boots (or sneakers, or flats). Glamour, "Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019 Early Access Is the Best Time to Buy Fall Shoes," 12 July 2019 The festivities kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 12 with a $15 per person reception at Looe Key Resort’s Tiki Bar, which includes a presentation discussing the importance of the local reef system. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "This Florida Music Festival Takes Place Completely Underwater," 11 July 2019 The festivities come amid speculation over whether the team will be invited to the White House and whether its stars would accept the invitation. Fox News, "Trump weighs options in census case after DOJ setback; Women’s soccer star doubles down on White House snub," 10 July 2019 Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was in the parade with the all-stars, actually did something about pay equality during the festivities. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "New York Governor Cuomo signs equal pay bill into law at USWNT World Cup victory parade," 10 July 2019

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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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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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