English edit

Etymology edit

From French festif, from Latin festivus (pertaining to a feast, gay, lively, joyous). Equivalent to feast +‎ -ive.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɛstɪv/
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  • Hyphenation: fes‧tive

Adjective edit

festive (comparative more festive, superlative most festive)

  1. Having the atmosphere, decoration, or attitude of a festival, holiday, or celebration.
    The room was decked out in festive streamers, with flowers everywhere.
  2. In the mood to celebrate.
    Please put the Christmas decorations away, I'm really not in a festive mood.

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French edit

Adjective edit


  1. feminine singular of festif

Italian edit

Adjective edit


  1. feminine plural of festivo

Latin edit

Etymology edit

From fēstīvus (joyous, festive; pleasing), from fēstus (feast-like; festive).

Adverb edit

fēstīvē (not comparable)

  1. agreeably, pleasantly, delightfully
  2. humorously, facetiously, wittily

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References edit

  • festive”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • festive”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • festive in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette