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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Also celebrating the fashion festivities—the Dior Men’s Pre-Fall 2019 collection, to be exact—was Yoon Ahn. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The 12 Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Tessa Thompson Wears Green, Teyana Taylor Rocks Purple, and More," 1 Dec. 2018 Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' wedding festivities have officially started. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' Wedding Festivities Have Officially Kicked Off," 28 Nov. 2018 Of all the winter festivities in Stockholm, my favorite is the celebration of Sankta Lucia at Seglora church. Nina Sovich, WSJ, "Europe in Winter: 35 Reasons to Visit Off-Season," 21 Nov. 2018 Practically every retailer is participating in the Black Friday festivities, including Google, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, and Microsoft. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "The Verge Guide to Black Friday," 20 Nov. 2018 The shooting cast a bloody pall over Independence Day festivities. Fox News, "Gunmen disguised as mariachi musicians kill 5 in Mexico City," 16 Sep. 2018 As CEO George Malkemus III presided over the festivities and greeted guests, including Andreja Pejic and Nina Agdal, others gazed upon the various glittering heels on the walls with admiration. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Magical Manolo! Celebrating 10 Years of the Shoe Designer’s Iconic Hangisi Pump," 15 Nov. 2018 In celebrating the Halloween festivities, Kiernan took Instagram followers on a journey through her past costumes. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kiernan Shipka Shared Photographs of Her Childhood Halloween Costumes on Instagram," 1 Nov. 2018 Here are the highlights of this weekend's festivities, according to Instagram. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Halloween Instagrams You Totally Missed This Weekend," 29 Oct. 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

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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