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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An insider also added that even Meghan herself accompanied sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, to the post-shoot lunch at the log cabin on the royal family’s estate, to join in with at least some of the festivities. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Reportedly Waited Until Meghan Markle Left Sandringham Before Joining the Royal Family Hunt," 31 Dec. 2018 The next chapter starts this weekend, with many days of festivities to celebrate their union including, reportedly, two wedding ceremonies honoring both Christian and Hindu culture. Abby Gardner, Teen Vogue, "Nick Jonas Patted Priyanka Chopra's Back Instead of Kissing Her on Their First Date," 29 Nov. 2018 Markle was back in London in May for Pippa Middleton's wedding, arriving days ahead of the festivities. Morgan Evans, Town & Country, "A Definitive History of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Relationship," 15 Oct. 2018 Christian bands, free food, beverages and treats will be part of the festivities. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Church news," 13 July 2018 Americans will be able to tune in from their homes and be part of the festivities. Mark Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "Beach Boys versus Sara Evans at July 4th rival TV concerts," 3 July 2018 That celebration, put on by the Darlington Lions Club, is typically the first of Harford County’s slate of Independence Day festivities. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Independence Day festivities in Harford County start Saturday," 29 June 2018 Dignitaries riding in the parade will include County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who has been a part of the festivities since its inception; Assemblyman Joel Anderson; and veterans from the American Legion. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Julian Fourth of July parade founder takes center stage as grand marshal," 28 June 2018 Meridian Independence Day Celebration Meridian’s day of Fourth of July festivities will begin at 3 p.m. at Storey Park. Brandon Rasmussen, idahostatesman, "Elk-calling contests. Fried chicken. And of course, fireworks. Your July 4 guide in SW Idaho," 27 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
: 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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