\ 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 for fete

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 In one instant, bon vivant Hugo (Brian Mackey), the host of a midsummer night’s fete, is exiting stage left. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Ring Round the Moon’ delights at Lamb’s Players Theatre," 21 Oct. 2019 The atmosphere is somewhere between a supercharged summer fete and a heavyweight bout in Vegas. The Economist, "Four months after facing crisis, Sebastian Kurz looks like winning again," 26 Sep. 2019 Hundreds of ticket buyers show up at Swig’s events — from a Solstice Day launch party with taco trucks for the artist @fnnch to Swig’s signature SanFranFuego theme fetes with other friends, including Giants World Series champ Andres Torres. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "Buster and Kristen Posey’s BP28 Gala rallies against pediatric cancer," 4 Sep. 2019 The date change also gave supporters, sponsors and festival staff a way to fete and feast in anticipation of the festival. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "French Quarter Festival Gala anticipates one of the city's favorite times of year," 21 Mar. 2018 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Near the end of Giants manager Bruce Bochy’s season-long retirement tour, he was called to the field at Dodger Stadium to be feted for his no-doubt Hall of Fame career, a scene repeated everywhere the team went. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Bruce Bochy’s success changed the Giants forever but didn’t change him," 29 Sep. 2019 The 16-year-old organization, which is the preeminent body of black film critics, on Tuesday announced its honorees in a statement and will fete them at a private brunch on Sunday, Aug. 11, at the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'When They See Us' Dominates African American Film Critics Association's Inaugural TV Honors," 23 July 2019 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

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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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18 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Fete.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fete. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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