Definition of Festive

1. Adjective. Offering fun and gaiety. "A merry evening"

Exact synonyms: Festal, Gay, Merry
Similar to: Joyous
Derivative terms: Festivity, Merriness



Definition of Festive

1. a. Pertaining to, or becoming, a feast; festal; joyous; gay; mirthful; sportive.

Definition of Festive

1. Adjective. Having the atmosphere, decoration, or attitude of a festival, holiday, or celebration. ¹

2. Adjective. In the mood to celebrate. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Festive

1. of or befitting a festival [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Festive

festinant
festinate
festinated
festinately
festinates
festinating
festinating gait
festination
festinations
festival
festivalgoer
festivalgoers
festivalist
festivalists
festivals
festive (current term)
festive season
festively
festiveness
festivenesses
festivities
festivity
festivous
festlich
festoon
festooned
festooneries
festoonery
festooning
festoons

Literary usage of Festive

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1. Christian Institutions: Essays on Ecclesiastical Subjects by Arthur Penrhyn Stanley (1881)
"I. The festive character of the meal, which was its predominant character, in the first age, lasted for some time after the change of its outward detail ..."

2. Life of George Washington by Washington Irving (1884)
"Instances of his festive Gayety. — Of his Laughing. — Passion for Hunting revived. — Death of General Greene — His Character. ..."

3. Shakespeare Studies, and Essay on English Dictionaries by Thomas Spencer Baynes, Lewis Campbell (1896)
"festive elements, the celebration as a whole retained its leading character and purpose. It was still the spontaneous meeting of town and country to welcome ..."

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