\ 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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Fete is a word worth celebrating. It's been around since Middle English, when it was used in a manuscript to refer to "fetes, spectacles and other worldly vanytees." Since the 19th century, fete has been doing double duty, also serving as a verb meaning "to honor or commemorate with a fete." You can honor fete by remembering that it entered English from Middle French, and that it derives ultimately from the Old French feste, meaning "festival"—a root that, not surprisingly, also gave English the word feast. Because of its French ties, you will sometimes see fete spelled with a circumflex above the first e (fête), as that's how it appears in that language.

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As for another big question mark hanging over the Grammy fete is the Kanye West factor. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 30 Mar. 2022 This year’s event also marks an in-person return following last year’s virtual fete due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Mar. 2022 Thus was the scene at the 134th Order of Dragons ball at Cotton Hall, a fete which has hugely benefitted from a change of venue from the country club atop Spring Hill. The Masked Observer, al, 18 Feb. 2022 But Wolfe’s retirement fete certainly wasn’t helped by the pandemic and the already jerky rollout of the CSO’s 2021-22 season: The institution announced only its fall programming in July, then the remainder of the season in October. Hannah Edgar, chicagotribune.com, 24 Feb. 2022 Kim and Kendall coordinated in Balenciaga looks for the fete. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Mar. 2022 The fete returned to the beach in Santa Monica after last year’s show was moved online due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Mar. 2022 In addition to the White House fete, the National Mall will also be open for its annual fireworks show. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 15 June 2021 The Tournament of Roses, which puts on the fete involving hundreds of volunteers and thousands of spectators, has established a set of COVID-19 protocols for the event. Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times, 31 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To fete the heartwarming images, Shields revealed some very thoughtful suggestions that many mothers will appreciate this year. Vogue, 26 Apr. 2022 The offense’s lone touchdown of the day was celebrated as all those wearing white jerseys (offense) ran to the corner of the end zone to fete Irish. oregonlive, 12 Mar. 2022 The evening’s dress code read ‘festive,’ and fashion was also out in force to fete Bowles. Vogue, 11 Mar. 2022 Diggins’s triumph would have been cause enough for celebration, had there not been more firsts to fete. Ava Wallace, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Feb. 2022 This month's Palm Springs Film Festival in California – which was set to fete best actress Oscar hopefuls including Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman and Lady Gaga – has canceled its 2022 edition. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2022 The Academy was set to fete Samuel L. Jackson, Elaine May and Liv Ullmann with honorary Oscars, and Danny Glover with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at an in-person event on Jan. 15, 2022. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 22 Dec. 2021 What’s the best way to fete the next generation of creatives? Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 17 Nov. 2021 After an active final stretch from Payton, Kerr wanted to let the crowd fete him. New York Times, 4 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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10 May 2022

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“Fete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fete. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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