\ 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

The fete’s finale includes the Queen’s Ball and presentation of the 2019 royal court. San Diego Union-Tribune, "11 things to do in San Diego this weekend: San Diego International Fringe Festival, San Diego Festival of the Arts, ‘Wish Man’," 7 June 2019 French fashion house Céline will soon say au revoir to its creative director, Phoebe Philo, but not before one last grand fete. Vogue, "Philophiles Rejoice at Nordstrom’s Céline Pop-Up Boutique," 16 Feb. 2018 Cure's Neal Bodenheimer and Kirk Estopinal fueled the fete, as did Neat Wines. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Hogs for the Cause Hoggyshack dinner a winner," 24 Apr. 2018 Throughout the fete, Thiebaud was characteristically demure. Catherine Bigelow, San Francisco Chronicle, "UC Davis shows its love for Thiebaud with show," 23 Jan. 2018 For the occasion, Vaccarello organized a little fete for Deneuve, inviting Bianca Jagger, Deneuve's daughter (a thespian herself) Chiara Mastroianni, and models Mica Argañaraz, Anja Rubik, and Kaia Gerber. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Catherine Deneuve Is Feted by Saint Laurent's Anthony Vaccarello With a Dinner in Paris," 22 Jan. 2019 As etiquette goes, your family and friends should be planning those fetes for you–but those who'll attend won't do so empty handed. Melissa Colgan, Harper's BAZAAR, "Registry 101: 17 Tips to Creating The Ultimate Wedding Registry," 9 Jan. 2017 Gia Coppola, Matthew Broderick, Chris O'Dowd, Ruthie Davis, and a variety of artsy types made the guest-list for Franco's fete. Carson Griffith, Town & Country, "Three Cities, Three Art Parties.," 17 Apr. 2014 For parting gifts, supporters had their pick of fresh veggie and fruit swag for the mini-road trip home, and first dibs on Chefs in the Field's sophomore fete on October 7, a pig roast sponsored by Jolie Vue Farms. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Celebrity "Chefs in the Field" cater Recipe for Success's first Sunday supper at Hope Farms," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Eva Longoria, Mark Sanchez, and Whoopi Goldberg attended the state dinner for Mexican president Felipe Calderón; George Clooney, Warren Buffett, and Harvey Weinstein feted David and Samantha Cameron. Wil Haygood, Town & Country, "The Best (and Worst) White House Parties of All Time," 1 Jan. 2013 Macron was feted with the first state dinner at the White House since Trump’s inauguration. Kim Willsher, latimes.com, "French media viewed the Macron-Trump 'bromance' with puzzlement, skepticism. And what's with the touching?," 29 Apr. 2018 Officials, including French Culture Minister Franck Riester, feted the anniversary in a conference inside the museum Friday evening. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Amid gripes, Louvre pyramid celebrates 30 years with collage," 30 Mar. 2019 Once inside, Gigi was in good company among fellow honorees Christiane Amanpour, Bette Midler, Taraji P. Henson, and Kacey Musgraves, all being feted for their respective humanitarian work. Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Wears Powder Blue Jumpsuit and Matching Cape at Variety's Power of Women Event," 6 Apr. 2019 Just four months ago, the city feted the Red Sox for their World Series victory over another Los Angeles team, the Dodgers. Philip Marcelo, The Seattle Times, "What a (familiar) feeling: Boston fetes Super Bowl winners," 6 Feb. 2019 On each visit to Staples Center to play against the Lakers, George was feted by fans; one even wore a customized Lakers jersey with George’s name. Tania Ganguli, latimes.com, "Paul George agrees to remain in OKC before meeting with Lakers; Durant, Jordan and Paul agree to deals," 1 July 2018 Soon enough, everyone will find themselves in London feting the Naked Heart Foundation once more. Catherine Scott, Vogue, "During Pitti Uomo, Luisa Via Roma and the Naked Heart Foundation Announced Their Collaboration With a Dazzling Gala Dinner," 10 Jan. 2019 The Canadian prime minister remains a beloved character abroad, feted by social democrats in Europe and beyond as a liberal counterpoint to President Donald J. Trump on everything from immigration to female reproductive rights. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Can a Canadian Carry Off Bollywood Style? Justin Trudeau Finds Out.," 23 Feb. 2018

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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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