1. a string or chain of flowers, foliage, ribbon, etc., suspended in a curve between two points.
  2. a decorative representation of this, as in architectural work or on pottery.
  3. a fabric suspended, draped, and bound at intervals to form graceful loops or scalloped folds.
  4. Dentistry. the garlandlike area of the gums surrounding the necks of the teeth.

verb (used with object)

  1. to adorn with or as with festoons: to festoon a hall.
  2. to form into festoons: to festoon flowers and leaves.
  3. Dentistry. to reproduce natural gum patterns around the teeth or a denture.
  4. to connect by festoons.


  1. a decorative chain of flowers, ribbons, etc, suspended in loops; garland
  2. a carved or painted representation of this, as in architecture, furniture, or pottery
    1. the scalloped appearance of the gums where they meet the teeth
    2. a design carved on the base material of a denture to simulate this
    1. either of two Zerynthia species of white pierid butterfly of southern Europe, typically mottled red, yellow, and brown
    2. an ochreous brown moth, Apoda avellana the unusual sluglike larvae of which feed on oak leaves

verb (tr)

  1. to decorate or join together with festoons
  2. to form into festoons

1620s, from French feston (16c.), from Italian festone, literally “a festive ornament,” apparently from festa “celebration, feast,” from Vulgar Latin *festa (see feast (n.)). The verb is attested from 1789. Related: Festooned.


  1. A carving in the base material of a denture that simulates the contours of the natural tissue being replaced by the denture.

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