\ 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 The stately fete, hosted by Queen Elizabeth II to honor 70 years of the NATO Alliance, included guests like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and President Donald Trump. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Glows in a Green Dress at the Queen's NATO Reception at Buckingham Palace," 3 Dec. 2019 Mena, who’s known for her brazen beauty looks, went all out on her glam for the fancy fete. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "We Can't Get Over Erica Mena's Rose Gold Hair," 26 Nov. 2019 This year’s fete honors the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948). Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "14 things to do this weekend in San Diego: Festival of Lights, Halloween Haunted Tales, San Diego Opera," 18 Oct. 2019 Karlie Kloss and Josh Kushner had an intimate ceremony in upstate New York in October 2018, followed by a more casual, larger fete out west in June. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Inside the Trend of Two Weddings (Because One Is Apparently Not Enough)," 5 Aug. 2019 Well, technically, the fete is a tribute to deep-pocketed donors whose support allows for knockout exhibitions at the Legion and the de Young — but sans speeches or pledge pleas. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "Tipping Point’s top men: Sam Cobbs and Daniel Lurie," 20 Dec. 2019 Around 250-300 people, including 150 members of Congress, attend the monthly bipartisan fete for an evening of civility, a departure from the typical bickering on Capitol Hill. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "David Rubenstein says it's time to give Americans a proper education in history," 29 Nov. 2019 During her birthday celebration this past weekend, Kim Kardashian West documented the intimate family fete by posting some videos of her kids on Snapchat. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "North, Saint, and Chicago Had the Best Time at Kim Kardashian West’s 39th Birthday Bash," 22 Oct. 2019 Take a peek inside for photos from the fashionable fete. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Atlanta’s Finest Gather at FENDI to Shop Nicki Minaj's New Collection," 18 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Others flew to conferences sponsored by Epstein in the U.S. Virgin Islands and were feted on his private island there. Matthew Goldstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Jeffrey Epstein, surrounded by scientific luminaries, hoped to seed the human race with his DNA," 31 July 2019 The President Intervenes In the months afterward, Chief Gallagher was feted on conservative talk shows. New York Times, "Trump’s Intervention in SEALs Case Tests Pentagon’s Tolerance," 30 Nov. 2019 Earlier in the day, he was feted with a garland and a cake by schoolchildren in Mumbai. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Share New Photo of Archie to Wish Prince Charles a Happy Birthday," 14 Nov. 2019 They were feted with a Grant Park rally, got to hang out in the home dugouts on the North and South Sides with Cubs and White Sox players and even earned a trip to watch a 2014 World Series game in San Francisco. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Struggling Cubs could learn a few things from the kids at tonight’s Little League Classic," 17 Aug. 2019 Even after losing the final, they were feted like champions at home. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: 1999 World Cup team still the best the US has had — for now," 23 June 2019 Amid an impeachment inquiry on Capitol Hill and Washington feting its first Major League Baseball champion since 1924, Trump hugged Kurt Suzuki after the catcher put on a ‘‘Make America Great Again’’ hat. BostonGlobe.com, "World Series champ Nationals take celebration to White House - The Boston Globe," 5 Nov. 2019 Rapinoe and her teammates were feted with a ticker-tape parade in New York after their World Cup victory. Melissa Murphy, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Megan Rapinoe enjoys whirlwind, focuses on soccer pay fight," 18 Oct. 2019 Carnival events traditionally fete South Florida’s Caribbean communities during Columbus Day weekend, says the Miami-Broward One Carnival Host Committee, which has staged the festival since 1985. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Miami Carnival: Splashy paint parties, parades and masquerades ring in Caribbean celebrations across South Florida," 10 Oct. 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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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fete.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fete?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=f&file=fete_101. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fete

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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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