noun, plural fetes.
- a day of celebration; holiday: The Fourth of July is a great American fete.
- a festive celebration or entertainment: The ball was the greatest fete of the season.
- a religious feast or festival: a fete lasting several days in honor of a saint.
verb (used with object), fet·ed, fet·ing.
- to entertain at or honor with a fete: to fete a visiting celebrity.
- a gala, bazaar, or similar entertainment, esp one held outdoors in aid of charity
- a feast day or holiday, esp one of religious significance
- Caribbean informal an organized group entertainment, esp a party or a dance
- (tr) to honour or entertain with or as if with a fêtethe author was fêted by his publishers
- (intr) Caribbean informal to join in a fête
1754, from French fête “festival, feast,” from Old French feste (see feast). Apparently first used in English by Horace Walpole (1717-1797).
1819, from fete (n.). Related: Feted; fetes; feting.