\ ˈfāt How to pronounce fete (audio) , ˈfet How to pronounce fete (audio) \
variants: or fête

Definition of fete

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : festival Class Day, the great fete of the year— Catherine D. Bowen
2a : a lavish often outdoor entertainment a fete in the park with music and performances
b : a large elaborate party a fete to celebrate the museum's centennial


variants: or fête
feted or fêted; feting or fêting

Definition of fete (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to honor or commemorate with a fete
2 : to pay high honor to

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of fete in a Sentence

Noun won a prize at the church fete the heiress wanted to do something with her life other than shuttle from fete to fete Verb They feted the winning team with banquets and parades. the returning servicemen and servicewomen were feted with a week's worth of celebrations
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But last week’s swank fete wasn’t held at the shop. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "Gwyneth does Nantucket to promote her brand and Goop pop-up shop," 31 July 2019 It was meant to be a carefree outing: a Hyannis financial planning firm had chartered the S.S. Lobster Roll, a twin-diesel party boat, to fete about 50 clients. Robert Weisman, BostonGlobe.com, "As baby boomers watch stocks swing wildly, their future seems less secure," 3 Sep. 2019 Matthew Mazur, better known as MAZURBATE, DJ'ed the fete and gave Billboard the exclusive scoop on the high-energy playlist. Nicole Saunders, Billboard, "Janelle Monaé Shuts Down Ralph Lauren, Christian Siriano Goes Pop & More of NYFW's Best Music Moments," 13 Sep. 2019 But for Thursday night's fete at Cheetos' Haus of Flamin' Haute installation in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, fiery looks created by influencers, stylists and renowned costume designer Ami Goodheart stole the spotlight. Evan Real, The Hollywood Reporter, "Saweetie Fires Up New York Fashion Week at Cheetos' Haus of Flamin' Haute," 7 Sep. 2019 This religious fete comes with a set of social rules. Washington Post, "I sacrificed a sheep for feminism — in honor of my mother," 15 Aug. 2019 Geauga Park District and Feels Like Home Farm are hosting the outdoor fete at Big Creek Park in Chardon. Joan Rusek, cleveland.com, "Neighborhood talent show mixes fashion, talent and rain for back to school send-off: Valley Views," 23 Aug. 2019 Like many others, the Marshfield fete will combine memories of those who were there with an introduction for a younger generation to the music and culture of the 1960s. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Freebies: Who doesn’t like them?," 18 Aug. 2019 The real partying actually begins long before feathers meet the road, with fetes that literally go from sunup to sundown. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Fete Is We Name! Inside The Hottest Parties At Barbados Crop Over 2019," 7 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb President Donald Trump was being feted by British royalty and like-minded politicians, though the protesters decrying the American leader’s visit were loud and in great numbers in London’s Trafalgar Square once again. Washington Post, "UK ambassador resignation rare souring of relations with US," 10 July 2019 In a stroke, the cables appeared to undercut recent efforts to form closer ties with Trump, who was feted by Queen Elizabeth II and had tea with Prince Charles during an official state visit last month. William Boothand Josh Dawsey, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump calls British ambassador a ‘very stupid guy’ and Theresa May ‘foolish’," 9 July 2019 To that end the ninth annual Chefs of Compassion, set for Sept. 20, will fete El Camino Health for its commitment to supporting the needs of low-income and homeless community residents. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Chefs of Compassion spotlights Cupertino Rotarians, local restaurateurs," 8 Sep. 2019 Flags waved high, soca filled the air and waistlines wined well into the night, proving once again that nobody fetes like Brooklyn. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Rain No Stop We! 26 Times Carnival In New York Proved The Fete Must Go On," 3 Sep. 2019 Chants of the phrase rang out from the stands after the team’s championship victory against the Netherlands last month, and later throughout the Canyon of Heroes as the women were feted with a ticker tape parade. Maggie Mertens, The Atlantic, "What the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Needs More Than Equal Pay," 3 Aug. 2019 Now, less than a month since William and Kate met the group in Keswick, Cumbria, the We Will youngsters are being included in the list of deserving young people and feted at a special reception held at the House of Lords, Westminster, London. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Young Mental Health Champions Who Just Met Kate Middleton and Prince William Receive Diana Award," 1 July 2019 The literary set feted Knopf as only the literary set could—Toni Morrison spoke about her young life as a textbook publisher, Sharon Olds read from Chaucer (in Middle English, no less), and James Ellroy howled at the borzoi on the ceiling. Adrienne Westenfeld, Town & Country, "We Asked Famous Writers What They Will Read if Hurricane Joaquin Hits," 2 Oct. 2015 On the second day of the 2013 celebration in Princeton, after numerous speakers had recounted past collaborations with Dyson, alternately feting and roasting his brilliance, Press took a different tack. Quanta Magazine, "A ‘Rebel’ Without a Ph.D.," 26 Mar. 2014

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First Known Use of fete


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fete

Noun and Verb

Middle English fete, from Middle French, from Old French feste — more at feast

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The first known use of fete was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of fete

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US : a large party or celebration
British : an outdoor event for raising money that usually includes competitions and things for sale



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

: to honor (a person) or celebrate (something) with a large party or public celebration

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