festoon

noun
fes·​toon | \ fe-ˈstün How to pronounce festoon (audio) \

Definition of festoon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a decorative chain or strip hanging between two points walls decorated with festoons of flowers
2 : a carved, molded, or painted ornament representing a decorative chain Around the mirror were carved festoons of grapevines.

festoon

verb
festooned; festooning; festoons

Definition of festoon (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to hang or form festoons on
2 : to shape into festoons

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Noun

Festoon can also be a verb that is used as a synonym of "decorate" or "adorn" (as in "the room was festooned with streamers and balloons"). The verb "festoon," which first appeared in the late 1700s, comes from the noun "festoon," which appeared over 100 years earlier. "Festoon" traces back (by way of French and Italian) to Latin festa, the plural of festum, meaning "festival." "Festa" is also an ancestor of the English noun "feast."

Examples of festoon in a Sentence

Verb We festooned the halls with leaves and white lights. The balcony is festooned in ivy. His office is festooned with newspaper clippings.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But jazz, drink and festoons of Union Jacks were poor covers for the discontent coursing through the party membership in Kettering, a town in central England that voted six-to-four in favor of Britain’s leaving the European Union. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "The 0.3% of U.K. Voters Who Will Pick the Next Prime Minister," 6 July 2019 The three strand necklace, created from approximately 64 carats of round and emerald cut diamonds set in platinum is in the festoon style. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Charlotte Casiraghi Channels Her Grandmother Grace Kelly at Her Own Royal Wedding," 3 June 2019 Hence the magnificent gables, the plaster scrolls, escutcheons, vases, masks, garlands, festoons, cartouches, balustrades, and whatnot. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 Five minutes after beer became legal at midnight, a big truck, gay with festoons, rumbled to the service entrance of the White house, bearing two cases—a brewer’s gift to the president. sandiegouniontribune.com, "April 7 1933: New Beer's Day," 7 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Her 2014 autobiography, A Fighting Chance, and recent stump speeches are festooned in pep club spirit and folksy blandishments, cloying bits of business that have attached themselves to her life story. Caroline Fraser, The New York Review of Books, "Warren in the Trap," 13 Feb. 2020 During Spring Break, Florida’s beaches were festooned with college students who saw no need to practice social distancing on the sand, in the bars, or in their motels. Diane Roberts, The New Republic, "God Save the Florida Governor From His Stupidity," 10 Apr. 2020 Stalls were festooned with yellow tape or chalk lines, to keep customers back and in line. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Staying 6 feet apart on the Embarcadero, and 6 feet back from the green onions," 21 Mar. 2020 African gods appear, masked and festooned in raffia, but intermission arrives without a strong sense of crisis, of what is at stake in the story. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Review: The Body Is Also a Percussive Instrument," 2 Mar. 2020 The reward is juicy short ribs festooned with soft onions, tomatoes and jalapeños. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite places to eat right now," 17 Dec. 2019 At some bars, the hand dryer, like the rest of the bathroom, is festooned with graffiti and bumper stickers. Michael Hardy, Wired, "The Invisible Lives of Hand Dryers," 12 Mar. 2020 The outside is festooned with frolicsome animal stickers (many subjects from other studies are children), but these do nothing to allay the discomfort of lying perfectly still with my head in a vise for an hour and a half. Amber Dance, Scientific American, "The Unexpected Diversity of Pain," 20 Jan. 2020 The retailer festooned it with more than 700 ornaments, 120 trees and 150 chandeliers, snowflakes and candle wreaths. Kim Bhasin, chicagotribune.com, "It’s the most desperate time of the year — for retailers," 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of festoon

Noun

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for festoon

Noun and Verb

French feston, from Italian festone, from festa festival, from Latin — more at feast

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“Festoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/festoon. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for festoon

festoon

noun
How to pronounce festoon (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of festoon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long chain or strip of something (such as flowers or cloth) that is hung as a decoration

festoon

verb

English Language Learners Definition of festoon (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover or decorate (something) with many small objects, pieces of paper, etc.

festoon

noun
fes·​toon | \ fe-ˈstün How to pronounce festoon (audio) \

Kids Definition of festoon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a chain or strip hanging between two points as decoration

festoon

verb
festooned; festooning

Kids Definition of festoon (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hang or form festoons or other decorations on

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