fete

noun
\ 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

fete

verb
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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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 Blum suggests Bloody Marys for a noon fete, in Mason-style jars. Kim Cook, USA TODAY, "Tired of 2020? Consider ringing in the new year before midnight with 'Noon Year's Eve.'," 30 Dec. 2020 Blum suggests Bloody Marys for a noon fete, in Mason-style jars. Kim Cook, USA TODAY, "Tired of 2020? Consider ringing in the new year before midnight with 'Noon Year's Eve.'," 30 Dec. 2020 Blum suggests Bloody Marys for a noon fete, in Mason-style jars. Kim Cook, USA TODAY, "Tired of 2020? Consider ringing in the new year before midnight with 'Noon Year's Eve.'," 30 Dec. 2020 Blum suggests Bloody Marys for a noon fete, in Mason-style jars. Kim Cook, USA TODAY, "Tired of 2020? Consider ringing in the new year before midnight with 'Noon Year's Eve.'," 30 Dec. 2020 Blum suggests Bloody Marys for a noon fete, in Mason-style jars. Kim Cook, Chron, "Toast the new year before midnight with Noon Year's Eve party," 28 Dec. 2020 Christmas morning, a Zoom fete, or just a lazy Sunday, treat your feet to the best slippers for women this holiday season. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Slip Into the Holiday Season With 16 Pairs of Warm and Fuzzy Slippers," 14 Dec. 2020 During the fete, children can create arts and crafts, and have photos taken with Santa Claus. Suzanne Pfefferle Tafur, NOLA.com, "Need a unique holiday gift? Head to a local art market," 1 Dec. 2020 Or crank up all the Christmas lights and enjoy a dazzling little fete with your pod. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Baby, it’s cold outside . . . So let’s stay in and drink cozy holiday cocktails," 27 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But their movies underwhelmed, and the HFPA probably isn’t going to pass up a chance to fete Loren in a late-career tearjerker. Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, "Golden Globes predictions ... and, yes, ‘Hamilton’ is eligible," 6 Jan. 2021 In 2009, Katherine racked up a $23,976 brunch tab at the Sheraton Waikiki to fete Louis after he was appointed police chief. Washington Post, "A prosecutor and police chief were adored in their community. Then their scheme unraveled.," 3 Dec. 2020 In lieu of a typical opening party, Red Bull Arts plans to fete the show from September 24-25 with a 24-hour event so that viewers can see the show while remaining socially distanced. Roxanne Fequiere, Vogue, "Inside an Exhibition Exploring Dancehall’s Exuberant Past," 25 Sep. 2020 Joan Bayley gets feted with a drive-by parade of relatives and friends celebrating her 100th birthday. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Arts: L.A. architects imagine the pandemic reset," 30 May 2020 The politics behind the trip Images of American presidents being feted on the world stage stand in contrast to those of their rivals in the opposing party slogging through diners in early-voting states and clashing in debate. CBS News, "Trump on whirlwind, pageantry-filled visit to India," 24 Feb. 2020 Virgil was writing the Aeneid, the national epic about Aeneas the Trojan prince and mythological founder of Rome, while Horace was feted for his witty Satires. Esteban Berché, National Geographic, "Did Ovid's erotic poetry lead to his exile from Rome?," 26 Nov. 2019 Bochy announced his retirement in spring training and was feted for his career in most visiting ballparks in 2019, not to mention his emotional farewell after the season’s final game. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Ex-Giants manager Bruce Bochy says he would like ‘one more shot’ at the helm," 24 Oct. 2019 England's triumph led to its players being feted as national heroes, parading through the streets of London on an open top bus with thousands turning out to celebrate in the center of the city. James Masters, CNN, "The Ashes: Sledging and the bitter fight for iconic minuscule trophy," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of fete

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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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“Fete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fete. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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fete

noun

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

fete

verb

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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