\ 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

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 The piece was a change of pace for Moss, who recently made waves in floaty eveningwear for a post-BAFTAs fete and a furry topper for Christopher Bailey’s last show at Burberry. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kate Moss Channels Marilyn Monroe for a Fashionable Birthday Bash," 20 Feb. 2018 For the record, King isn’t the only Republican figure to fete Goldy. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Steve King endorses a bona fide white supremacist for Toronto mayor," 18 Oct. 2018 Here's a group shot from the fete, with friends like Charlotte Casiraghi, Camilla al Fayed, Dasha Zhukova and Mario Testino joining the festivities. Joyann King, Harper's BAZAAR, "Photo: Happy Birthday Olympia Scarry!," 26 Jan. 2011 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 When those steps let Nissan hit targets on profit and debt reduction a year ahead of schedule, he was feted in Japan as a management genius and featured in his own comic-book series. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "The Fall of the House of Ghosn," 16 Dec. 2018 She will be feted for her contributions to motorsports and as the only woman to lead laps in both the Indy 500 and the Daytona 500. Jenna Fryer, chicagotribune.com, "Girls Rule! NHRA celebrating strong female racers," 8 May 2018 Mbatha-Raw was also feted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for her work championing human rights. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Gugu Mbatha-Raw Conquers Venice With Miu Miu," 7 Sep. 2018 Along the way, he was feted by a Japanese empress and had an audience with the king of Spain. New York Times, "Einstein the Anti-Racist? Not in His Travel Diaries," 14 June 2018 At the same time, the Swiss Institute and Pin-Up magazine feted the designer Telfar Clemens at the Standard Spa, nearby. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Bulgari, Dior, Loewe, and More Take Miami Basel by Storm," 6 Dec. 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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