fete

noun
\ ˈfāt , ˈfet \
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

For its second annual Maison St-Germain fete, the luxury liqueur brand tapped stylist Kate Young to bring a bit of Parisian panache to Little Beach House Malibu on Tuesday night. Ericka Franklin | Wwd, latimes.com, "Dakota Johnson, Nina Dobrev party with Kate Young, Maison St-Germain guests in Malibu," 11 July 2018 But one of the most popular baby shower gifts at DoD, or any other federal office pregnancy fete, is personal days. Washington Post, "The child-free life: Why so many American women are deciding not to have kids," 31 May 2018 Led by co-chairs Ellen Drew and Debbie Robbins with emcee Sage Steele of ESPN, the heartfelt fete featured colorful decor by designer Stanlee Gatti, who donated his efforts to support the cause. Catherine Bigelow, San Francisco Chronicle, "Star-powered Part the Cloud raises $11 million for Alzheimer’s," 23 May 2018 The party-hopping swan du jour, best actress nominee Margot Robbie, fluttered in late wearing a boucle and feather couture Chanel minidress, after attending some of the other nominee fetes. Vogue, "In the Mark: Chanel and Charles Finch Fete the BAFTA Nominees at Mark's Club," 18 Feb. 2018 The sunny skies and mild temperatures beckoned guests into the French Quarter to Arnaud's for this fete hosted by her parents and grandparents, Eugenie and Rob Atherton and Betsy and Hap Crusel. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Ellie Atherton celebrated at jazz brunch at Arnaud's," 18 Jan. 2018 Later, at the fete on the South Lawn with military bands at the ready, Trump briefly opened the program before an audience that seemed to have fewer than the promised 1,000 Eagles fans, bolstered by a number of administration aides. Noah Bierman, latimes.com, "Spurned Trump turns the annual Super Bowl celebration into a culture war skirmish," 5 June 2018 Twice while traversing the Mobile Civic Center during the festive fete, the Masked Observer stumbled upon a penguin de rigueur with shoe leather flapping from a damaged fin. The Masked Observer, AL.com, "The Masked Observer discovers a lot of Eastern Shore energy with the Pierrettes," 31 Jan. 2018 The highlights of Detroit’s perennial auto fete, the North American International Auto Show, will be pickups and SUVs—a whole mess of them. Kyle Stock, Bloomberg.com, "Detroit’s Auto Show Goes Big," 11 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The collaboration with Wojnarowicz’s estate will be feted tonight at Printed Matter, a store that holds a special place in this project’s birth. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Loewe Is Celebrating the Art of David Wojnarowicz With a Capsule Collection Benefitting Visual AIDS," 31 May 2018 He will be feted by celebrities in a week-long celebration in his honor in Newport Beach, Calif. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "SMU wide receiver Trey Quinn is Mr. Irrelevant as final pick of NFL Draft | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 28 Apr. 2018 Winners will then be feted at a ceremony to be held May 19 in New York City and hosted by comedian Hasan Minhaj. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, WVUE-Fox 8 named Peabody Award finalists," 10 Apr. 2018 But rights supporters have raised concerns about the propriety of feting the leaders, many of whom have presided over serious abuses or rollbacks of democratic freedoms in recent years. Julia Wallace, New York Times, "Cambodia’s Ruler Dared Australians to Burn His Effigy, So They Did," 19 Mar. 2018 Get our daily newsletter Glencore, whose boss, Ivan Glasenberg, is its second-biggest shareholder, is often feted for living dangerously. The Economist, "Glencore faces a DoJ probe stretching from Africa to the Americas," 5 July 2018 Both leaders announced that Kim will fete Moon in Pyongyang in the fall. Washington Post, "Takeaways from Koreas summit: Kim’s smiles, Moon’s reception," 28 Apr. 2018 Adam Sandler also attended the Spago party, feting Moore for her work in the fight against child trafficking. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Demi Moore Honored by Visionary Women Group on International Women's Day," 9 Mar. 2018 The relaunched section was feted last night at Tribeca’s new bar, Primo’s. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Yoox Celebrates Its New Design + Art Offerings With the Chicest of Dinners in Tribeca," 18 May 2018

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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

Middle English fete, from Middle French, from Old French feste — more at feast

Verb

see fete entry 1

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fete

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fete

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large party or celebration

: 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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