A table set for a feast.
- The definition of a feast is a huge meal, or a day in honor of a saint or other religious or spiritual figure.
- An example of a feast is a buffet-style meal.
- An example of a feast is February 3, the feast day of Saint Blaise.
- Feast is defined as to participate in eating a huge meal or in celebrating a joyous occasion.
An example of to feast is to eat seven plates of food at a buffet.
- a celebration or festival; esp., a periodic religious celebration, as in honor of God or a saint
- a rich and elaborate meal; banquet
- anything that gives pleasure because of its abundance or richness; special treat
Origin of feastMiddle English feste ; from Old French ; from Vulgar Latin festa ; from plural of Classical Latin festum, festival ; from festus, festal, joyful, origin, originally , of days for religious observance: see fair
- to eat a rich, elaborate meal
- to have a special treat
Origin of feastME festen < OFr fester < the n.
- to entertain at a feast or banquet
- to gratify or delight as with a feast: feast your eyes on this!
- a. A large, elaborately prepared meal, usually for many persons and often accompanied by entertainment; a banquet.b. A meal that is well prepared and abundantly enjoyed.
- A periodic religious festival commemorating an event or honoring a god or saint.
- Something giving great pleasure or satisfaction: a book that is a veritable feast for the mind.
verbfeast·ed, feast·ing, feasts
- To partake of a feast; eat heartily.
- To experience something with gratification or delight: feasted on the view.
Origin of feastMiddle English feste, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *fēsta, from Latin, pl. of fēstum, from fēstus, festive; see dhēs- in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English feest, feste, fest, from Old French feste, from Latin festa, plural of festum (“holiday, festival, feast”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰēs- (“god, godhead, deity”); see also Ancient Greek θεός (theos, “god, goddess”). More at theo-.
(third-person singular simple present feasts, present participle feasting, simple past and past participle feasted)
- (intransitive) To partake in a feast, or large meal.
- I feasted on turkey and dumplings.
- (intransitive) To dwell upon (something) with delight.
- To hold a feast in honor of (someone).
- We feasted them after the victory.
From Middle English feesten, festen, from Old French fester, from Medieval Latin festāre, from the noun. See above.