feast day

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n feast day a day designated for feasting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1659, the General Court of Massachusetts ordered that anybody caught feasting or laying off from work, or in any other way goofing off on any other day other than Christmas, would be fined five shillings for each such offense.
    • Feast day a holiday; a day set as a solemn commemorative festival.
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Usage

In literature:

They spent a few delightful days here, feasting, trapping and hunting.
"Christopher Carson" by John S. C. Abbott
The Shrove-tide feast is ended, and the days of fasting and of prayer have hushed the sounds of merriment and song.
"Old English Sports" by Peter Hampson Ditchfield
The work was very interesting and hard, even on Sundays or feast days, watering, cleaning the animals, and curing any foals that were ill.
"Argentina From A British Point Of View" by Various
Not a Marquesan was far gone in liquor throughout the three days of the feast.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
And on the last day of the Feast of Teamhair they came back to their people again.
"Gods and Fighting Men" by Lady I. A. Gregory
The ceremony took place on the 9th of June, 1186, that day being the feast of St. Columba.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
Then they made a great wedding feast, which lasted seven whole days.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
Eight days were devoted, by order of the empress, to feasts and rejoicings.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
They are also said to have permission to have a May-day feast with them.
"Miscellanea" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Then they give themselves up to drinking, and on the feast day proper are not in a condition to go to church.
"Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Carl Lumholtz
This day happened to be also the feast of the resurrection.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXIII, 1629-30" by Various
Love feast to-day at our meetinghouse.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
On the Feast Day of the Saints Crispin and Crispian died Wichbold, son of John of Deventer, a man of good lineage.
"The Chronicle of the Canons Regular of Mount St. Agnes" by Thomas a Kempis
He has invited the whole village to feast with him, because to-day is his name-day.
"Old Peter's Russian Tales" by Arthur Ransome
Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on the solemn feast day.
"A Life of St. John for the Young" by George Ludington Weed
They come out on feast days and holidays to play on this green lawn and feed the fish.
"The Women of the Arabs" by Henry Harris Jessup
Next day was a Prazhnik, or feast day, and the great square was crowded with peasantry in their beautiful hand-woven clothes.
"The Luck of Thirteen" by Jan Gordon
On feast days, the food is collected close to these, and a platform is fixed to the posts, on which dancing takes place.
"Adventures in New Guinea" by James Chalmers
This arrangement put each one on his mettle to lay up a good store for {114} the day when he would do the honors of the feast.
"French Pathfinders in North America" by William Henry Johnson
The feast that afternoon was a repetition on a larger scale, of the feast of the day before.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Treasures of the Island" by Roger Thompson Finlay
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In poetry:

All day the battle in the East
Thunders. Dear Angels, keep him well!
His mother sits as to a feast.
O heart of steel invulnerable!
"The Refreshment" by Katharine Tynan
I hear the songs of golden days
Fall softly on the saddened years,
But know not whose the hungry ears
First feasted on the roundelays.
"My Shadow And I" by Freeman Edwin Miller
His love is my perpetual feast;
By day his counsels guide me right;
And be his name for ever blessed,
Who gives me sweet advice by night.
"Psalm 16 part 2" by Isaac Watts
To-day the grave is bright for me,
For them the light of life increased,
Who stay to share the morning feast,
Who rest to-night beside the sea.
"In Memoriam A. H. H.: 131" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
To-day the grave is bright for me,
For them the light of life increased,
Who stay to share the morning feast,
Who rest to-night beside the sea.
"In Memoriam 131: O Living Will That Shalt Endure" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
The Needle and Thread one day were wed,
The Thimble acted as priest,
A paper of Pins, and the Scissors twins
Were among the guests at the feast.
"The Needle and Thread" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

(AP) — On a day when turkey is the celebrated centerpiece of most feasts, many will be thinking with heavy hearts about Eileen — Washington Township's famous one-legged wild turkey, now missing for nearly six months.
A feast of food, family and football that arrives on the same day every year with weather that seldom varies.
The feast day marks the day in history when it is believed the Virgin appeared to an Indian, Juan Diego.
Pilgrims mark feast day of Virgin of Guadalupe.
Polaris to delight moms during Mother's Day feast .
Nicaragua's patron saint is the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception, whose feast day is Saturday.
Chef Bobby Flay demonstrates to Harry Smith how to cook corned beef and cabbage for a traditional St Patrick's Day feast.
Foodies are in food heaven today and this weekend as four days of fabulous feasting proves yet again that Las Vegas is one of the top gourmet capitals of the culinary world.
Participants from Chautauqua Adult Day Care sites joined community partners, family members and friends for this feast.
And you thought your Turkey Day feast couldn't get any better.
A gobbler of rushing yards, Foster may feast on Turkey Day.
Some comfortable Thanksgiving Day looks for those who have a tendency to get, uh, stuffed during their holiday feasts.
Among the things for which Americans can, on this feast day, be thankful is Washington's resolve to temper severity with mercy.
Poll of the Day What's your favorite Thanksgiving feast item .
John Paul II 's feast day will be October 22, Vatican says.
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In science:

The timescale and magnitude of the K-band variation in MSX SMC 155 (one magnitude decline in 240 days) is fairly typical of RCB stars (Feast et al. 1997) as are the near-IR colors (Feast 1997).
R CrB Candidates in the Small Magellanic Cloud: Observations of Cold, Featureless Dust with the Spitzer Infrared Spectrograph
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