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 The Olympics are a source of competition, a time of an international festivity and most hilariously – memes. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 23 July 2021 Dionysus was not only the god of wine, but was also the god of fertility, orchards and fruit, vegetation, festivity, theater and (most importantly) ritual and ecstasy. Cynthia Salarizadeh, Rolling Stone, 1 July 2021 Matthew Wood, 51, a New Jersey native who attended Dollarway schools in the 1980s, flew from his Raleigh, N.C., home to take in the festivity. I.c. Murrell, Arkansas Online, 29 June 2021 The festivity will be held Thursday through Saturday. Arkansas Online, 17 June 2021 And the situation was exacerbated by Christmas and Carnaval, the largest national festivity. Miguel Nicolelis, Scientific American, 7 May 2021 Here, discover 12 feather dress options for every bride and every wedding festivity. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 26 Feb. 2021 The unrestrained joy and festivity of Christmas, when Christ was born, and Easter, when he was resurrected, are preceded by the solemn seasons of Advent and Lent, which call for meditation on our sins and acts of penance. James Matthew Wilson, WSJ, 24 Dec. 2020 Lines of those holiday trees along the route represented different interests and festivity by students in the district. Karie Angell Luc, chicagotribune.com, 14 Dec. 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 21 Sep. 2021.

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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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