noun, plural fetes.

  1. a day of celebration; holiday: The Fourth of July is a great American fete.
  2. a festive celebration or entertainment: The ball was the greatest fete of the season.
  3. a religious feast or festival: a fete lasting several days in honor of a saint.

verb (used with object), fet·ed, fet·ing.

  1. to entertain at or honor with a fete: to fete a visiting celebrity.


  1. a gala, bazaar, or similar entertainment, esp one held outdoors in aid of charity
  2. a feast day or holiday, esp one of religious significance
  3. Caribbean informal an organized group entertainment, esp a party or a dance


  1. (tr) to honour or entertain with or as if with a fêtethe author was fêted by his publishers
  2. (intr) Caribbean informal to join in a fête

1819, from fete (n.). Related: Feted; fetes; feting.


1754, from French fête “festival, feast,” from Old French feste (see feast). Apparently first used in English by Horace Walpole (1717-1797).

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