fi·​es·​ta fē-ˈe-stə How to pronounce fiesta (audio)
: festival
specifically : a saint's day celebrated in Spain, Latin America, and the Philippines with processions and dances

Examples of fiesta in a Sentence

the city's Latinos have a series of fiestas throughout the summer
Recent Examples on the Web Fotos y Recuerdos Festival The National Portrait Gallery celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a fiesta just for kids and families. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2023 The mass and fiesta culminated nine days of celebration that began with a Dec. 4 procession of the statute of the Virgin of Guadalupe through the streets of Gary. Carrie Napoleon, Chicago Tribune, 13 Dec. 2022 Each August, former residents now in Southern California hold fundraisers for their hometown’s annual fiesta. Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2023 Its fiesta at 21st and Bagley Street will host artisan vendors, food trucks, local musicians, mariachis and family-friendly activities 4-8 p.m. Friday, noon-8 p.m. Saturday and 1-7 p.m. Sunday. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 4 May 2023 The fiesta will include music, food and local vendors. Chelsea Hylton, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2023 But also, that led me to the very symbiotic relationship of trans beauty pageant culture that [mostly] happens during Catholic fiesta celebrations. Alexis P. Williams, Washington Post, 16 June 2023 Navigating all the vallenato, salsa, and merengue classics, the Colombian artist’s stage presence, accompanied by his live band, set the vibe for a high-energetic fiesta. Leila Cobo, Billboard, 21 June 2023 Hundreds of hot air balloons lifted off Saturday morning, marking the start of an annual fiesta that has drawn pilots and spectators from across the globe to the high desert for 50 years. From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 3 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


Spanish, from Latin festa — more at feast

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fiesta was in 1844

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Cite this Entry

“Fiesta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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fi·​es·​ta fē-ˈes-tə How to pronounce fiesta (audio)
: festival sense 1
especially : a saint's day celebrated in Spain and Latin America with parades and dances

from Spanish fiesta "a festival, a religious celebration," from Latin festa, plural of festum "festival, feast" — related to feast, festival

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