\ 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 Our favorite way to recover post-fete is with a little retail therapy—and Black Friday’s timely arrival makes that task just a little bit easier. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "The Best Black Friday Health and Wellness Deals to Shop Today," 29 Nov. 2019 For those who love EDM parties, this fete was the hottest ticket in the Houston-area for a Halloween costume outing. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Freaky Deaky Texas rolls out the Halloween dance sound for Houston-area crowd," 28 Oct. 2019 And then, Joe's subsequent James Bond-themed fete, which Turner also organized. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra Gave Nick Jonas the Most Intricate Birthday Surprise," 18 Sep. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Hollywood attendees, stage performers and Coen himself feted the play's debut with savory hor d’oeuvres and a flowing array of wines. Alexandra Del Rosario, The Hollywood Reporter, "Brad Pitt, Ali Wong, John Goodman Among Stars at Premiere of Ethan Coen's 'A Play Is a Poem'," 22 Sep. 2019 No, Saturday night at Blossom Music Center, the group under Roderick Cox also feted license of the artistic variety. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Orchestra enchants on classical season opener at Blossom," 8 July 2019 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

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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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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Fete.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feted. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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