• WordNet 3.6
    • n festival an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place) "a drama festival"
    • n festival a day or period of time set aside for feasting and celebration
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tomatina is the legendary Spanish tomato-throwing festival held in Bunol, Spain
    • a Festival Pertaining to a fest; festive; festal; appropriate to a festival; joyous; mirthful. "I cannot woo in festival terms."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The town of Olney, Illinois celebrates a "Squirrel Day" festival to honour the 200 albino squirrels that live in the town. The festival includes a squirrel blessing by a priest
    • festival Of, pertaining to, or befitting a feast; attending or marking a joyous celebration; joyous; festal: as, a festival entertainment.
    • n festival A festal day; a feast; a time of feasting; an anniversary or appointed day of festive celebration.
    • n festival Synonyms Banquet, etc. See feast.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mardi Gras means "Fat Tuesday." This is the festival that New Orleans, Louisiana is famous for having every year
    • n Festival a joyful celebration: a feast
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  • Jean Baudrillard
    “There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world.”
  • Germaine Greer
    “The surest guide to the correctness of the path that women take is joy in the struggle. Revolution is the festival of the oppressed.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Life is a festival only to the wise.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. festival, fr. L. festivum, festive jollity, fr. festivus, festive, gay. See Festive
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. festivusfestus.


In literature:

Mendelssohn Festival held at the Castle Garden, New York City, under U. C. Hill.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
The hymns may be classed under four headings: Festival Hymns, Sacramental Hymns, Historical Hymns and Hymns on the Gospels and Epistles.
"Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark" by Jens Christian Aaberg
When the great Bill impends, why flee the festive scene?
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
One evening, about this time, they met at a strawberry festival, held in the lecture-room of the church, for the benefit of the Sunday-school.
"Victor's Triumph" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
The two associations united as usual in the May Festival.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
My good wife told me that we had nothing to eat for the festival, so I felt I must give myself a counsel.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
The Seventh Day of the seventh month is the festival of their reunion.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
On certain festive ceremonies the licence was very great.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
The Festival was held on May 28 with the Rev.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
Mrs. Duffer, of course, was to be there, and so the list of friends for the festive occasion was completed.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
At the close of this gay festival, the fairy Bienveillante announced her intention of returning home.
"Old French Fairy Tales" by Comtesse de Ségur
They began to talk of different subjects, about the weather, the town and the festival.
"Friars and Filipinos" by Jose Rizal
The greatest festival is Christmas.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
The stone is sprinkled with water during the festival season.
"The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races" by Sanger Brown, II
Forest and grove, garden and wild, rivulet and lake, combine all their charms to lend fascination to those haunts of regal festivity.
"Maria Antoinette" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Fern Fenwick, accompanied by Mrs. Bainbridge, arrived at Solaris on the afternoon of the third day previous to the tree-planting festival.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
Twice a year is held a festival, at which large sums are collected.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
She who has no children makes it her especial duty to cherish these festivals, and to offer them a deep devotion.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
It was obvious, besides, that every thing had been prepared for a festival.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 1 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
Now the preparations for the festivities of love and marriage are begun.
"Women of the Teutonic Nations" by Hermann Schoenfeld

In poetry:

The summer was made by Thee,
There's joy and hope in its birth,
There's joy in its memory,
'Tis the festival of earth.
"The Light of the Spirit" by John Bowring
The festive scene had scarce began,
When near the Castle wall,
A messenger of warlike mein,
On RAYMOND'S name did call;
"Sir Raymond of the Castle" by Mary Darby Robinson
No more with festive garlands bound,
I at the wake shall be;
No more my feet shall press the ground
In dance with wonted glee;
"Ode to Cynthia, on the Approach of Spring" by William Shenstone
She sought at first to steal his soul
By dance, song, and festival;
At length on bended knee she pray'd
He would not ride the wall.
"The Troubadour. Canto 4" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
And thus the festive summer yields
No sight more happy, none so gay,
As when amid her subject-fields
She wanders on from day to day.
"The Progress Of The Rose" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
When, after days of rainy weather,
The heavy curtain is withdrawn,
How festive is the sky, burst open!
How full of triumph is the lawn!
"When It Clears Up" by Boris Pasternak

In news:

Sunday is the last day of the 17th annual Mountain Mandarin Festival at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn from 9 am to 4 pm The festival kicked off Friday at 11 am, despite questionable weather.
There's the Lilac Festival, Jazz Fest, Canal Days, Roc City Rib Fest, Festival of Angry Drunks, Meth-a-Palooza … OK, some of those are made up.
OXFORD TOWN – Last year, the Oxford Film Festival premiered Oxford's first community film and it was a huge success — arguably, the most popular film of the entire festival.
Jones once again reiterated that the festival , dubbed MTK: Music to Know Summer Music Festival , is viewing the $100,000 donation as a cost, and that it will not be dependent on the success of the festival .
This Oct 7, 2012 photo released by The New Yorker Festival shows Lena Dunham, creator and star of the HBO series "Girls," during The New Yorker Festival in New York.
Today, we're teaming up with the Austin Film Festival , who producers our KLRU-Q series On Story, to bring you a chance to attend the 2011 Festival .
Appointed in March, Morimoto said it's a privilege to take over as festival president, especially following the steadfast leadership of Norman Sakata, one of the longest-serving, most dedicated festival volunteers.
Rance, created the Run & Shoot Filmworks Martha's Vineyard African-American (MVAA) Film Festival , one of the fastest growing independent film festivals in the country.
The sponsor of The Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival today announced the festival 's cancellation because of "funding issues.".
The sponsor of The Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival today announced the festival 's cancellation because of "funding issues.".
Chowder festival 3 Santa Barbara Chowder Festival .
The 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival event will take place at the historic Madison Square Garden in New York for the very first time since the festival 's inception in 2004.
One of Indiana County's best Thanksgiving traditions is the start of the Festival of Lights , and the 21st annual edition of the festival gets underway at Blue Spruce Park tonight.
Film Life Inc announced that the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) will be returning to South Beach for the 17th Annual event and has named actor Omari Hardwick as the 2013 Festival Ambassador.

In science:

In Proceedings of the International Conference "East - West Vision 2002" (EWV'02), International Workshop and Project Festival, Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, New Media. Franz Leberl, Andrej Ferko (eds.).
Computerized Face Detection and Recognition
He won’t mind either, but astronomy is liable to lose out to the biologists (cf. percentage of top downloads from Nature above!) in festivities, or so says the keen amateur successor to the first dentist (Coppa et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
In addition to serving as the prototype of low mass, young variable stars, T Tau has inspired a festival for young filmmakers and countless images of space art.
Low Mass Star Formation in the Taurus-Auriga Clouds
This conference is the biennial festival of the enthusiasts of leptons and photons – and of quarks and gluons.
Summary of Lepton Photon 2011
I owe the manuscript’s typing to Miriam Lomeli. I am grateful to the Organizers of the Pleba´nski’s Festival for their kind invitation to give a talk in the Conference, specially to Maciej Przanowski and Bogdan Mielnik, my thanks.
On the Dirac-Infeld-Plebanski delta function