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
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.