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

On Sunday in Cuzco, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, the annual fete began in a temple where Incas once worshipped the sun and continued at a central plaza before reaching the fort, where 700 actors recreated the ancient ritual. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Incan festival pays homage to sun across Andes," 25 June 2018 Previous years have seen fetes at glamorous mid-Century modern homes in the Lakefront and Uptown, and a Craftsman abode overlooking Bayou St. John. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Studio in the Woods melds art, music and oysters at fantastic fete," 17 May 2018 This beloved fete celebrated its 50th anniversary as S.F. Zoo Director Tanya Peterson honored Marie Lipman and her husband, S.F. Zoo trustee emeritus Barry Lipman for their dedicated support. Catherine Bigelow, San Francisco Chronicle, "ZooFest celebrates supporters of leaping lemurs and other critters," 3 May 2018 Not all of the sparklers at Dolce & Gabbana’s incredible Alta Gioielleria fete at the New York Public Library last night—the kick-off of four days of not-stop fashion, fun, and largesse—encircled wrists and necks. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "See the Exquisite, One-of-a-Kind Jewels from Dolce & Gabbana’s Latest Alta Gioielleria Collection Here," 7 Apr. 2018 The festiviness started when guests parked their cars: committee members' husbands transported partygoers from the parking lots to the fete in decorated golf carts. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Gayle Benson speaks at Heart of the Park luncheon at City Park," 3 May 2018 The ensembles on the runway are as fanciful as the fetes, with equal frills and sparkle. Vogue, "Galeries Lafayette Celebrates Its New Flagship in Grand Parisian Style," 2 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

They like being feted, being treated by the staff who work for them as all powerful -- as beyond reproach. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Eric Schneiderman is the latest male politician to totally disappoint us," 8 May 2018 Back on Earth, they are no longer feted by Broadway ticker-tape parades. Christian Davenport, Houston Chronicle, "What does it mean to be a NASA astronaut in the celebrity space age of Elon Musk and Richard Branson?," 15 June 2018 The Tampa Bay Rays will likely fete Sergio Romo on Monday, and the Chicago Cubs figure to recognize Brandon Morrow the next day. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "In baseball, numbers are everything. Why 10 matters most to MLB veterans.," 11 June 2018 Still, just hours after hobnobbing at the Salesforce Tower opening, Leno was feted at a fundraiser hosted at the Sea Cliff home of downtown real estate magnate Clint Reilly. Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF’s Salesforce Tower opening showed strange bedfellows of tech and politics," 27 May 2018 Winners are feted by the Grossmont Healthcare District at an annual luncheon. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Grossmont district honors 'Healthcare Heroes' for 2018," 21 May 2018 The indie pop singer-songwriter feted the release of his sophomore LP, Blue Madonna, in January via Interscope Records, which featured a collaboration with labelmate Lana Del Rey and followed his 2015 debut Dopamine. Nick Williams, Billboard, "Listen to Børns' #TBT Mixtape, Featuring the Songs 'Embedded' in His Musical DNA," 12 July 2018 The evening, sponsored by BabyBjörn and Mustela, also feted the e-tailer’s first birthday and the launch of Le Scoop, the site’s new editorial platform. Katarina Kovac, Vogue, "Maisonette Celebrates Its First Birthday and the Launch of Le Scoop," 21 June 2018 Happy anniversary: Parishioners of St. Patrick Parish at Rocky River Drive and Puritas Avenue in West Park feted the 170th anniversary of the parish on May 6. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "The Hooley on Kamm's Corners returns May 12: A Place in the Sun," 8 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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