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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But missing from the festivities were Kate and Prince William's children—Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George & Princess Charlotte Broke Royal Christmas Tradition, According to Kate Middleton," 26 Dec. 2018 However, the best part is when Will and Kate started walking back from the festivities and erupted in a mini snowball fight. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Watch Kate Middleton and Prince William Have a Cute Snowball Fight," 4 Dec. 2018 Markle and Prince Harry are expected to dip out early from today's festivities to prepare for their upcoming royal tour. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Returns to Windsor Castle for Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding—and She Wore Givenchy," 12 Oct. 2018 There's no need to take time out from the festivities to check in with a boyfriend or husband. Lisa Bonos, chicagotribune.com, "How to survive that bachelorette party without feeling like the odd person out," 1 July 2018 This is one in a series of entries spanning from the opening festivities to closing night. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Terry Gilliam gets his long-overdue moment with ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ at Cannes," 20 May 2018 The royal wedding is taking place here, in the U.K., and Meghan Markle’s ex-husband Trevor Engelson is based in Los Angeles, but the film producer reportedly wants to get even farther away from the festivities. Leora Arnowitz, Fox News, "Meghan Markle's ex-husband reportedly skips the country ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry," 19 May 2018 Banning Sundaram from graduation festivities would be a better course of action. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "University of Portland failed in response to misogynistic speech by tennis player," 18 Apr. 2018 Free Press sports writer George Sipple will provide live updates and instant analysis from the festivities, the first pitch and beyond from downtown Detroit. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: How to follow Opening Day game," 29 Mar. 2018

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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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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