Festival definition

fĕstə-vəl
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A celebration, entertainment, or series of performances of a certain kind, often held periodically.

A Bach festival.

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An occasion for feasting or celebration, especially a day or time of religious significance that recurs at regular intervals.
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An often regularly recurring program of cultural performances, exhibitions, or competitions.

A film festival.

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A time or day of feasting or celebration; esp., a periodic religious celebration.
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Of, relating to, or suitable for a feast or festival; festive.
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Merrymaking; festivity.
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Of, for, or fit for a festival.
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The definition of a festival is a time of celebration, or a day when organized events or music concerts are held in one place.

A celebration of spring with carnival rides and fresh spring flowers and foods is an example of a spring festival.

Woodstock is an example of a music festival.

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In mythology, a set of celebrations in the honour of a god.
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Revelry; conviviality.
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An event or community gathering, usually staged by a local community, which centers on some theme, sometimes on some unique aspect of the community.
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Pertaining to a feast or feast-day. (Now only as the noun used attributively.)
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
festival
Plural:
festivals

Origin of festival

  • From Middle English festive from Old French from Medieval Latin fēstivālis from Latin fēstīvus from fēstus dhēs- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French festival, from Late Latin fēstīvālis, from Latin fēstīvus (“festive”).

    From Wiktionary