festivity

noun

fes·​tiv·​i·​ty fe-ˈsti-və-tē How to pronounce festivity (audio)
fə-
plural festivities
1
2
: the quality or state of being festive : gaiety
3
: festive activity

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Before that, the last wedding festivity was the reception for Jenna Bush and her husband Henry Hager. Alexandra Hutzler, ABC News, 18 Nov. 2022 Celebrating the most wonderful time of the year with a healthy holiday spread can be more than welcome, and these salad recipes offer a range of options for every Noël festivity. Susan Choung, Good Housekeeping, 9 Nov. 2022 As the sun set, sparking lights illuminated the altars, bringing a sense of festivity. Edgar Sandoval Tamir Kalifa, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2022 Some run all October long, while others take place around the holiday weekend or are a one-day festivity. Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 13 Oct. 2022 Print them on sticker sheets or card stock to add color and festivity to your homemade baked goods. Alesandra Dubin, Good Housekeeping, 28 Oct. 2022 Don't just stop at lighting candles though, string blue lights all around the house and outside to add some real festivity. Alesandra Dubin, Good Housekeeping, 30 Sep. 2022 Assemble several together for big impact as a centerpiece, in a vase, or on a sideboard, or spread them across the room for just a sprinkling of fall festivity. Sarah Wolf Halverson, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Sep. 2022 Six months into this latest, and biggest, Russian invasion, Radchenko is one of many Ukrainians who say the holiday feels less like a moment of festivity and more like the climax of a generations-long fight between freedom and domination. Serhiy Morgunov, Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of festivity was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Festivity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/festivity. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

festivity

noun
fes·​tiv·​i·​ty fes-ˈtiv-ət-ē How to pronounce festivity (audio)
plural festivities
1
2
: the quality or state of being festive
3
: festive activity

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