Definitions for festivalˈfɛs tə vəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fes•ti•valˈfɛs tə vəl(n.)

  1. a day or time of religious or other celebration, marked by feasting, ceremonies, or other observances.

  2. a periodic commemoration, anniversary, or celebration:

    an annual strawberry festival.

  3. a period or program of festive activities, cultural events, or entertainment:

    a music festival; a film festival.

  4. gaiety; revelry; merrymaking.

  5. (adj.)of, for, or marked by celebration; festal.

Origin of festival:

1300–50; ME < ML fēstivālis (diēs) holy (day). See festive , -al1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. festival(noun)

    a day or period of time set aside for feasting and celebration

  2. festival, fete(noun)

    an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place)

    "a drama festival"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. festival(noun)ˈfɛs tə vəl

    a group of related special public events, usually yearly

    a film/dance/arts festival

  2. festivalˈfɛs tə vəl

    a celebration of a special religious or cultural event

    the festival of Diwali


  1. festival(Noun)

    An event or community gathering, usually staged by a local community, which centers on some theme, sometimes on some unique aspect of the community.

  2. festival(Noun)

    In mythology, a set of celebrations in the honour of a god.

  3. festival(Adjective)

    Pertaining to a feast or feast-day. (Now only as the noun used attributively.)

  4. Origin: From festivalis, from festivus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Festival(adj)

    pertaining to a fest; festive; festal; appropriate to a festival; joyous; mirthful


  1. Festival

    A festival or gala is an event ordinarily staged by a local community, which centers on and celebrates some unique aspect of that community and the Festival. Among many religions, a feast is a set of celebrations in honour of God or gods. A feast and a festival are historically interchangeable. However, the term "feast" has also entered common secular parlance as a synonym for any large or elaborate meal. When used as in the meaning of a festival, most often refers to a religious festival rather than a film or art festival. In the Philippines and many other former Spanish colonies, the Spanish word fiesta is used to denote a communal religious feast to honor a patron saint. In the Christian liturgical calendar there are two principal feasts, properly known as the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and the Feast of the Resurrection,. In the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Anglican liturgical calendars there are a great number of lesser feasts throughout the year commemorating saints, sacred events, doctrines, etc.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'festival' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3228

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'festival' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3899

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'festival' in Nouns Frequency: #1227

Translations for festival

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an occasion of public celebration

In Italy, each village holds a festival once a year.

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