\ 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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Examples of fete in a Sentence


won a prize at the church fete the heiress wanted to do something with her life other than shuttle from fete to fete


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

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 Clothing companies PrettyLittleThing and Quay Australia sponsored the fete, which took place at Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s private home on Star Island in Miami. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "J.Lo’s 50th Birthday Party Is the Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of," 25 July 2019 Dior was one of 1,200 guests bidden to the fete, while a further 10,000 Venetians were invited by the host to a party in the square outside. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Dior and the Venetian Heritage Foundation Host a Grand Masked Ball at the Palazzo Labia," 21 May 2019 Even before the big parade comes, there are days of fetes (parties) to attend: on the beach, in parks, in stadiums, in remote fields, in the streets, or at a pool. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "A Black Girl’s Guide to Protecting Your Hair and Skin From the Sun," 15 July 2019 Following the celebration, or perhaps mid fete, FIFA gave the women a trophy photo shoot that resulted in plenty of great shots. Kellen Becoats, SI.com, "The USWNT’s Top 10 Poses With the Women’s World Cup Trophy," 7 July 2019 As one of the world’s largest Pride celebrations, the fete amassed vast beauty from every end of the rainbow. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "The Best Beauty Looks From NYC Pride March," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Recently feted by the Curious Theatre Company in its Denver Stories series, LaNier was one of the nation-changing teens known as the Little Rock Nine. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "New-to-Denver film fest highlights filmmakers of color this weekend at Newman Center," 16 July 2019 Recently feted by the Curious Theatre Company in its Denver Stories series, LaNier was one of the nation-changing teens known as the Little Rock Nine. The Know, The Denver Post, "New-to-Denver film fest highlights filmmakers of color this weekend at Newman Center," 15 July 2019 Twenty Years Ago Fullmer Chapman, poised to retire after more than a decade as public works director for the city of La Cañada Flintridge was feted — and roasted — at a luncheon held at the LCF Country Club. Carol Cormaci, La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada History: Pro golfer Jerry Barber wins SoCal PGA match play championship," 15 July 2019 Dell Curry played there during his NBA career and was feted before Game 1. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Steph Curry addresses 'stupid' fan behavior, cursing and heckling directed at his family," 12 June 2019 Also feted is Riccobono, the pioneering record executive who led Albert Music, becoming the first female CEO in Australian music business history. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Queen's Birthday Honours For Ian James, Fifa Riccobono and Peter Rix," 10 June 2019 But even as the city prepared to fete its 24-year-old champion, the deaths of Dadashev and Santillán offered cold reminders of the stakes inherent to a brutal sport. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "On eve of Gervonta Davis’ fight in Baltimore, this week’s boxing deaths offer stark reminder of sport’s risks," 26 July 2019 The Parisian house staged a French seaside takeover on Shelter Island in the Hamptons this past weekend to fete its popular J12 watch. Tyler Joe, Harper's BAZAAR, "Phoebe Tonkin on Social Media and the Best Time of Her Life," 25 July 2019 In 2018, the Browns were feted by their five sons, 10 grandchildren and their young great-grandchild, along with friends and family who celebrated this very special couple’s Golden Anniversary. Lisa Peklo, baltimoresun.com, "Lisa Peklo: The sky’s the limit at astronomy picnic," 11 July 2019

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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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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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