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festoon

noun fes·toon \ fe-ˈstün \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of festoon

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.

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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."

Origin and Etymology of festoon

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


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festoon

verb

Definition of festoon

transitive verb
1 :to hang or form festoons on
2 :to shape into festoons
3 :decorate, adorn; also :cover 4b

Examples of festoon in a Sentence

  1. We festooned the halls with leaves and white lights.

  2. The balcony is festooned in ivy.

  3. His office is festooned with newspaper clippings.

Recent Examples of festoon from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of festoon


FESTOON Defined for English Language Learners

festoon

noun

Definition of festoon for English Language Learners

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


festoon

verb

Definition of festoon for English Language Learners

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


FESTOON Defined for Kids

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festoon

noun fes·toon \ fe-ˈstün \

Definition of festoon for Students

:a chain or strip hanging between two points as decoration

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festoon

verb

Definition of festoon for Students

festooned; festooning
:to hang or form festoons or other decorations on


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