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  • enPR: fēst, IPA(key): /fiːst/
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  • Rhymes: -iːst

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English feeste, from Old French feste, from Latin festa, plural of festum (holiday, festival, feast), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰēs- (god, godhead, deity); see also Ancient Greek θεός (theós, god, goddess). More at theo-.


feast (plural feasts)

  1. A very large meal, often of a ceremonial nature.
    We had a feast to celebrate the harvest.
  2. Something delightful
    It was a feast for the eyes.
  3. A festival; a holiday; a solemn, or more commonly, a joyous, anniversary.
    • Bible, Exodus xiii. 6
      The seventh day shall be a feast to the Lord.
    • Bible, Luke ii. 41
      Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English feesten, festen, from Old French fester, from Medieval Latin festāre, from the noun. See above.


feast (third-person singular simple present feasts, present participle feasting, simple past and past participle feasted)

  1. (intransitive) To partake in a feast, or large meal.
    I feasted on turkey and dumplings.
  2. (intransitive) To dwell upon (something) with delight.
    • Shakespeare
      With my love's picture then my eye doth feast.
  3. (transitive) To hold a feast in honor of (someone).
    We feasted them after the victory.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To serve as a feast for; to feed sumptuously.
    • Bishop Joseph Hall
      Or once a week, perhaps, for novelty / Reez'd bacon-soords shall feast his family.
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