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 Doesn’t quite have the same sense of festivity and anticipation. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "What is the best football plan the Big Ten could implement now? Buckeye Talk daily pod," 1 Sep. 2020 President Donald Trump got the second part right, 244 years later, with fireworks at Mount Rushmore and in Washington -- though Adams might not have endorsed such festivity in the middle of a pandemic that has killed nearly 130,000 Americans. Stephen Collinson With Caitlin Hu, CNN, "July Fourth has fallen on some dark moments in American history," 6 July 2020 Australian entrepreneur Ido Leffler led the festivities. Michelle Miller, CBS News, "Stationery company distributes school supplies to kids in need," 30 May 2020 From there, teams would now have two off weekends before the rescheduled Aug. 9 race at Mid-Ohio, followed by the festivities surrounding the 104th Indianapolis 500 with qualifications Aug. 15-16 and the race on Aug. 23. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar schedule: Road America moves, adds doubleheader with loss of Richmond, Toronto," 21 May 2020 Live-streamed on Facebook Watch on Friday, a bunch of celebrities joined the festivities to deliver hopeful, hilarious, and motivating tributes to the Class of 2020. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Graduation 2020: Facebook and Instagram celebrate the Class of 2020," 15 May 2020 Revelers enjoy the festivities at the 49th L.A. Pride parade in West Hollywood in 2019. Priscella Vega, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus torpedoes 50th L.A. Pride parade; online celebration planned," 7 May 2020 But the couple was looking forward to their first summer as downtown residents, and wanted to join the festivities once the weather warmed up. cleveland, "High rent, but now a ghost town: Downtown Cleveland residents weather coronavirus pandemic (photos)," 6 May 2020 Del Moro was supposed to go to Palm Springs, California, last month with friends and his sister, and Johnson was set for Scottsdale, Arizona, before the coronavirus interrupted the festivities. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Can't travel for your bachelor or bachelorette party due to coronavirus? How to celebrate at home," 4 May 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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“Festivity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/festivity. Accessed 27 Sep. 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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