What does Festival mean?

Definitions for Festival
ˈfɛs tə vəlfes·ti·val

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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"

Wiktionary

  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.

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.]

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  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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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

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Numerology

  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. Jean Baudrillard:

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

  2. Regina Hansen:

    Probably the first thing we have that is related to Halloween is this Irish Celtic festival known as Samhain, which occurred at the end of October and this is often thought of as a new year celebration.

  3. Yi Mao:

    Festivals are the days when homesickness is at its worst, and Moon Festival is an important festival for the Chinese.

  4. Jeff Cuellar:

    There was already an all-time high demand for the festival experience in 2020, with most events preparing for a record year. Music fans are now ready to get out there to make up for lost time.

  5. Trevor Noah:

    Nothing beats being able to perform stand-up comedy in New York to some of the best audiences in the world, and that's what The New York Comedy Festival is. I can't wait.

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