• WordNet 3.6
    • n beanfeast an annual dinner party given by an employer for the employees
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n beanfeast A feast given by an employer to those whom he employs.
    • n beanfeast A social festival originally observed in France, and afterward in Germany and England, on the evening before Twelfth day, or, as the Germans call it, Three Kings' day. Although confounded with the Christian festival of the Epiphany, which occurs on the same day, it is supposed that this custom can be traced back to the Roman Saturnalia. See bean-king and twelfth-cake.
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In literature:

All those women and children excursion beanfeast burned and drowned in New York.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
I expect this lot'll be 'aving a beanfeast.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 101, August 8, 1891" by Various
It was Saturday afternoon, and they overtook and passed a break-load of beanfeasters going to Tintern.
"Cynthia's Chauffeur" by Louis Tracy
On this particular occasion, however, the foreman had received an invitation to a beanfeast at Epping.
"Bindle" by Herbert Jenkins
Sundry battalions of the Salvation Army confided themselves to vans such as are used for beanfeasts and Sunday-School treats.
"A Second Coming" by Richard Marsh
And the beanfeasters had been beanfeasting.
"Under One Flag" by Richard Marsh
The solemn scene is degraded to the level of a vulgar beanfeast.
"Venice and its Story" by Thomas Okey