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

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English feeste, feste, borrowed from Old French feste, from Late Latin festa, from the plural of Latin festum (holiday, festival, feast), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *dʰéh₁s (god, godhead, deity); see also Ancient Greek θεός (theós, god, goddess). More at theo-. Doublet of fete and fiesta.


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 holy day or holiday; a solemn, or more commonly, a joyous, anniversary.
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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.
  3. (transitive) To hold a feast in honor of (someone).
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act IV scene iii:
      He that shall see this day, and live old age,
      Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbors
      And say “Tomorrow is Saint Crispian.”
    We feasted them after the victory.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To serve as a feast for; to feed sumptuously.
    • 1597–1598, Joseph Hall, Virgidemiarum
      Or once a week, perhaps, for novelty / Reez'd bacon-soords shall feast his family.
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