Definitions for festivalˈfɛs tə vəl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
fes•ti•valˈfɛs tə vəl(n.)
a day or time of religious or other celebration, marked by feasting, ceremonies, or other observances.
a periodic commemoration, anniversary, or celebration:
an annual strawberry festival.
a period or program of festive activities, cultural events, or entertainment:
a music festival; a film festival.
gaiety; revelry; merrymaking.
(adj.)of, for, or marked by celebration; festal.
Origin of festival:
1300–50; ME < ML fēstivālis (diēs) holy (day). See festive , -al1
a day or period of time set aside for feasting and celebration
an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place)
"a drama festival"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
festival(noun)ˈfɛs tə vəl
a group of related special public events, usually yearly
a film/dance/arts festival
festivalˈfɛs tə vəl
a celebration of a special religious or cultural event
the festival of Diwali
An event or community gathering, usually staged by a local community, which centers on some theme, sometimes on some unique aspect of the community.
In mythology, a set of celebrations in the honour of a god.
Pertaining to a feast or feast-day. (Now only as the noun used attributively.)
Origin: From festivalis, from festivus.
pertaining to a fest; festive; festal; appropriate to a festival; joyous; mirthful
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.
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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.
- إحْتِفال عُموميArabic
- festivalPortuguese (BR)
- das FestGerman
- højtid; helligdag; festDanish
- γιορτή, πανηγύριGreek
- त्यौहार, उत्सवHindi
- svecanost, svecana proslavaCroatian
- skemmtun, hátíðIcelandic
- svētki; svinībasLatvian
- fest, høytid, stevneNorwegian
- فستيوال، جشن،ميله، موسمى ساتيرىPashto
- bayram, yortuTurkish
- 節日Chinese (Trad.)
- свято, фестивальUkrainian
- عام تہوارUrdu
- ngày hội; đại hội liên hoanVietnamese
- 节日Chinese (Simp.)
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