1. a day or time of religious or other celebration, marked by feasting, ceremonies, or other observances: the festival of Christmas; a Roman festival.
  2. a periodic commemoration, anniversary, or celebration: an annual strawberry festival.
  3. a period or program of festive activities, cultural events, or entertainment: a music festival.
  4. gaiety; revelry; merrymaking.


  1. festal: a festival atmosphere of unrestrained joy.


  1. a day or period set aside for celebration or feasting, esp one of religious significance
  2. any occasion for celebration, esp one which commemorates an anniversary or other significant event
  3. an organized series of special events and performances, usually in one placea festival of drama
  4. archaic a time of revelry; merrymaking
  5. (modifier) relating to or characteristic of a festival

1580s, from earlier adjective (14c.), from Old French festival “suitable for a feast, solemn, magnificent, joyful, happy,” and directly from Medieval Latin festivalis “of a church holiday” (see festivity).

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