\ 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 Here's how to pull off a memorable fete to honor the mom-to-be in your life. Brie Dyas, Country Living, "Fun Ideas for a Virtual Baby Shower," 6 Apr. 2020 Sean Combs, aka Diddy hosted the epic fete at his $40 million Holmby Hills home in Los Angeles. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "See who showed up for Diddy’s lavish, A-list 50th birthday bash in Los Angeles," 16 Dec. 2019 Such memories gave the Masked One a sense of deja vu on Thursday night’s visit to the Order of Polka Dots’ renowned fete at the Mobile Civic Center. al, "Masked Observer enjoys the sweet and dazzling Polka Dots," 16 Feb. 2020 There are a number of popular ones on each island, such as Caesar’s Army fetes, Tribe band, and Machel Monday. Kristin Braswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Embracing Music, Movement, and Freedom at Trinidad's Carnival," 3 Feb. 2020 Traditionally a two-day festival, Carnival is now an entire season of fetes, culminating on Feb. 24 and 25, drawing virtually all 1.4 million residents for a gargantuan street party. Omar Mouallem, WSJ, "Trinidad: A Caribbean Vacation With an Indian Flavor," 17 Jan. 2020 Just another day at the office for Big Z, even if the 10-minute pregame fete for him framed Game No. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Ageless Zdeno Chara is honored before Bruins’ victory," 8 Feb. 2020 During a recent Trash the Tariffs fete, the local wine industry gathered in solidarity to sign letters to local congresspeople to protest Trump’s proposed 100% tax on European wine imports. Lizzie Noonan, Bon Appétit, "We'd Get on a Plane to PDX for Dana Frank's New Natural Wine Fair," 28 Feb. 2020 The Exploratorium recently transformed into a laboratory of libations amid the 10th Science of Cocktails fundraiser, a lively late-evening fete that drew 1,300 revelers who raised more than $200K for this beloved science museum’s education programs. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "Exploratorium raises a glass, and $200K, for science," 14 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Her work in the welfare field was feted by conservatives for helping poor people achieve self-sufficiency. Richard Fausset, New York Times, "Money for Welfare Instead Funded Concerts, Lobbyists and Football Games, Audit Finds," 4 May 2020 In a country where speedskaters are revered, Jansen was feted enthusiastically by the Norwegians, not to mention the entire United States of America. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: After unimaginable heartbreak, Dan Jansen wins gold in the 1994 Winter Olympics," 21 Apr. 2020 Foreign trips offer powerful political imagery for presidents facing reelection: They can be feted on the world stage while their rivals in the opposing party slog through diners in early-voting states and clash in debates. Jill Colvin, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s visit to India prioritizes pageantry over policy," 24 Feb. 2020 He will be feted with two ceremonies Friday night in Amway Center: one before the game; the other between the first and second quarters. Dallas News, "Mavs assistant Darrell Armstrong to be the fifth player inducted into Orlando Magic Hall of Fame," 21 Feb. 2020 The feting at Glover’s expansive townhouse listed as co-hosts: George Conway, Hayden, former attorney general Eric H. Holder, NBC’s Nicolle Wallace and Hollywood’s Rob Reiner. Ben Terris, Washington Post, "A brief trip inside the life of an atypical impeachment opportunist," 3 Dec. 2019 The Fall brawl runs through Dec. 1, with winners feted at the Fall Brawl Awards Party at St. Vladimir’s Grand Hall in Parma on Dec. 6. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, "Steelhead trout run is on; Lake Erie walleye limits within reach: Fishing Report for Nov. 15," 15 Nov. 2019 The Mexican government says the late crooner José José will be feted at a homage at Mexico City*s Palace of Fine Arts on Wednesday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mexico to pay homage to late crooner José José on Wednesday," 7 Oct. 2019 Sayegh was feted at a farewell party Thursday night in Washington D.C. attended by White House and other administration officials including Sanders and her husband. Fin Gomez, CBS News, "White House eyes candidates to replace Sarah Sanders," 14 June 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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19 May 2020

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“Fete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fete. Accessed 29 May. 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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