fes·tiv·i·ty | \fe-ˈsti-və-tē, 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 royal family is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force today, and although the festivities are formal and grand, there was wiggle room to sneak a few giggles—at least according to Prince William and Kate Middleton. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Catches Prince William Laughing in Westminster Abbey," 10 July 2018 For Morton Grove, Fourth of July festivities were the culmination of an annual week of events that began June 30 with opening ceremonies performed by Wayne and Kathy Messmer. Pioneer Press, chicagotribune.com, "Niles 4th of July parade featured marching bands, bevvy of patriotic revelry," 9 July 2018 From New York to California, July Fourth festivities were at times lively and lighthearted. BostonGlobe.com, "Americans celebrate nation’s birthday, lament divisions," 4 July 2018 Art festivities will be both indoor and outdoors, offering guests the freedom to roam around. Missy Amaya, sacbee, "Artists pay tribute to Frida Kahlo with birthday exhibit on Friday in North Sacramento," 4 July 2018 In many parts of the States, too, festivities were classically joyous where annual rites were kept untouched by the residual effects of 1968. Marissa Vonesh, Smithsonian, "How the Fourth of July Was Celebrated (and Protested) in 1968," 3 July 2018 The festivities had been a long time coming, the culmination of a 30-year struggle by the Mexican left to win the presidency. Time, "'I Am Here to Salute My President': Mexicans Celebrate Lopez Obrador's Left-Wing Landslide," 2 July 2018 Musical festivities in the greater Windham area are part of a global celebration of music making in over 750 cities inspired by France's Fête de la Musique. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 12 June 2018 At the Pride March on Sunday, the festivities were equally as exuberant—and indignant. Bridget Read, Vogue, "“I Hope U Know How Loved U Are”: Photos From Los Angeles Pride," 11 June 2018

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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

festivities : enjoyable activities at the time of a holiday or other special occasion : festive activities


fes·tiv·i·ty | \fe-ˈsti-və-tē \
plural festivities

Kids Definition of festivity

1 : festive activity holiday festivities

2 : celebration and enjoyment a feeling of festivity

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