What does festive mean?

Definitions for festive
ˈfɛs tɪvfes·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gay, festal, festive, merry(adj)

    offering fun and gaiety

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


  1. festive(Adjective)

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

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

  2. festive(Adjective)

    In the mood to celebrate.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Festive(adj)

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

    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. Alex
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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. 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.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    The reality is that no class of people who celebrate the festive occasion with so great fervour as the lower middle mass.

  3. Tayyip Erdogan:

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

  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. Satish Meena:

    This is the time when consumers are actually in spending mode, that's why every company wants to win the battle during the festive period.

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