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Definitions for festive
ˈfɛs tɪvfes·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gay, festal, festive, merryadjective

    offering fun and gaiety

    "a festive (or festal) occasion"; "gay and exciting night life"; "a merry evening"


  1. festiveadjective

    Having the atmosphere, decoration, or attitude of a festival, holiday, or celebration.

    The room was decked out in festive streamers, with flowers everywhere.

  2. festiveadjective

    In the mood to celebrate.

    Please put the Christmas decorations away, I'm really not in a festive mood.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Festiveadjective

    Joyous; gay; befiting a feast.

    Etymology: festivus, Latin.

    The glad circle round them yield their souls
    To festive mirth and wit that knows no gall. James Thomson.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Festiveadjective

    pertaining to, or becoming, a feast; festal; joyous; gay; mirthful; sportive

  2. Etymology: [L. festivus, fr. festum holiday, feast. See feast, and cf. Festivous.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Festive

    fes′tiv, adj. festal: mirthful.—n. Fes′tival, a joyful celebration: a feast.—adv. Fes′tively.—n. Festiv′ity, social mirth: joyfulness: gaiety.—adj. Fes′tivous, festive. [L. festivusfestus.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of festive in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of festive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of festive in a Sentence

  1. Tayyip Erdogan:

    I wish May 1 to be celebrated in a festive mood without provocations.

  2. Padma Lakshmi:

    I first had this festive and delicious Iberian specialty when I was living and writing about food there years ago, since then, it's remained one of my favorites.

  3. Ernest Bai Koroma:

    This is the festive season where Sierra Leoneans often celebrate with families in a flamboyant and joyous manner, but all must be reminded that our country is at war with a vicious enemy.

  4. Charles Dickens:

    'At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge,' said the gentleman, taking up a pen, 'it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. ... We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices.'

  5. Phillip Futures:

    Prices seem adamant on staying above support levels, and it seems they will hold for this festive season, normally, positive stockpile data of this magnitude would surely have broken support levels. However, it seems there is not enough downward pressure to keep prices down.

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    emerged from an egg
    • A. occasional
    • B. opaque
    • C. greedy
    • D. hatched

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