What does Festival mean?

Definitions for Festival
ˈfɛs tə vəlfes·ti·val

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Festival.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. festivalnoun

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

  2. festival, fetenoun

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

    "a drama festival"


  1. festivalnoun

    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. festivalnoun

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

  3. festivaladjective

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

  4. Etymology: From festivalis, from festivus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FESTIVALadjective

    Pertaining to feasts; joyous.

    Etymology: festivus, Latin.

    He appeared at great tables, and festival entertainments, that he might manifest his divine charity to men. Francis Atterbury.

  2. Festivalnoun

    Time of feast; anniversary-day of civil or religious joy.

    So tedious is this day,
    As is the night before some festival,
    To an impatient child that hath new robes,
    And may not wear them. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

    Th’ invited sisters with their graces blest
    Their festivals. George Sandys.

    The morning trumpets festival proclaim’d
    Through each high street. John Milton, Agonistes.

    Follow, ye nymphs and shepherds all,
    Come celebrate this festival,
    And merrily sing, and sport, and play;
    For ’tis Oriana’s nuptial day. George Granville.

    By sacrifice of the tongues they purged away whatever they had spoken amiss during the festival. Notes on the Odyssey.

    The festival of our Lord’s resurrection we have celebrated, and may now consider the chief consequence of his resurrection, a judgment to come. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.


  1. Festival

    A festival is an extraordinary event celebrated by a community and centering on some characteristic aspect or aspects of that community and its religion or cultures. It is often marked as a local or national holiday, mela, or eid. A festival constitutes typical cases of glocalization, as well as the high culture-low culture interrelationship. Next to religion and folklore, a significant origin is agricultural. Food is such a vital resource that many festivals are associated with harvest time. Religious commemoration and thanksgiving for good harvests are blended in events that take place in autumn, such as Halloween in the northern hemisphere and Easter in the southern. Festivals often serve to fulfill specific communal purposes, especially in regard to commemoration or thanking to the gods, goddesses or saints: they are called patronal festivals. They may also provide entertainment, which was particularly important to local communities before the advent of mass-produced entertainment. Festivals that focus on cultural or ethnic topics also seek to inform community members of their traditions; the involvement of elders sharing stories and experience provides a means for unity among families. Attendants of festivals are often motivated by a desire for escapism, socialization and camaraderie; the practice has been seen as a means of creating geographical connection, belonging and adaptability.


  1. festival

    A festival can be defined as a cultural or social event, typically recurring annually, characterized by a series of activities, celebrations, performances, or exhibits, often focusing on a specific theme, tradition, or occasion. Festivals usually involve community participation and are often characterized by music, dance, food, and various forms of entertainment. They may have religious, historical, or seasonal significance and aim to bring people together to commemorate, celebrate, or showcase aspects of a community's culture, heritage, or achievements.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Festivaladjective

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

  2. Etymology: [OF. festival, fr. L. festivum festive jollity, fr. festivus festive, gay. See Festive.]


  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.

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  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Festival in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Festival in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Festival in a Sentence

  1. Di Wang:

    Steelmakers will still sell their iron ore stocks before the February Chinese Spring Festival because there are also expectations of further production cuts.

  2. Abderrahmane Sissako:

    Being nominated is great for the continent and Mauritania ... (But) You cannot say that cinema is established because there is a festival, when you have countries that produce one film a year or one film every three years, which is the reality of African nations, cinema is not well established.

  3. Jean Baudrillard:

    There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world.

  4. Netta Barzilai:

    It's insane to bring so much blessing over here. And we are thrilled for people to discover Tel Aviv , Israel again and to see [ what ] amazing people we are, and how warm we are accepting everyone. Tel Aviv , Israel's going to be a party, from all these countries, all these cultures are bound together, this is a festival of light.

  5. Caroline Hirsch:

    As we mark 16 years of the New York Comedy Festival, we celebrate the varied and diverse talent -- both up-and-coming and established stars -- who continue to come out to put on a great show each and every year, we've always supported and championed those in the industry, and we're excited to continue to bring the very best comedic talent to entertain comedy fans this November.

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