• WordNet 3.6
    • v festoon decorate with strings of flowers "The public buildings were festooned for the holiday"
    • n festoon flower chains suspended in curves between points as a decoration
    • n festoon an embellishment consisting of a decorative representation of a string of flowers suspended between two points; used on pottery or in architectural work
    • n festoon a curtain of fabric draped and bound at intervals to form graceful curves
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Festoon (Arch. & Sculp) A carved ornament consisting of flowers, and leaves, intermixed or twisted together, wound with a ribbon, and hanging or depending in a natural curve. See Illust. of Bucranium.
    • Festoon A garland or wreath hanging in a depending curve, used in decoration for festivals, etc.; anything arranged in this way.
    • v. t Festoon To form in festoons, or to adorn with festoons.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n festoon A string or chain of any material suspended between two points; specifically, a chain or garland of flowers, ribbons, foliage, etc., suspended so as to form one or more depending curves.
    • n festoon In architecture, a sculptured ornament in imitation of a garland of fruits, leaves, or flowers suspended between two points; an encarpus. See cut under encarpus.
    • n festoon A form of drooping cloud sometimes seen on the under surface of dense cirro-stratus clouds. Also called pocky cloud.
    • n festoon In ornithology, specifically, a lobe on the cutting edge of a hawk's beak.
    • festoon To form in festoons; adorn with festoons; connect by festoons.
    • n festoon A British collectors' name for a European limacodid moth, Apoda testudo, yellow-brown in color with narrow brown stripes arranged like a festoon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Festoon fes-tōōn′ a garland suspended between two points:
    • v.t Festoon to adorn with festoons
    • n Festoon fes-tōōn′ (archit.) an ornament like a wreath of flowers, &c
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. feston,cf. Sp. feston, It. festone,), prob. fr. L. festum, festival. See Feast
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. feston—Low L. festo(n-), a garland—L. festum.


In literature:

They and the bowsprit had been wounded pretty severely, while the rigging hung in festoons, and her sails were shot through and torn.
"Won from the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
The long sausage thus hastily made was hung in festoons before the fire, and roasted until it was thoroughly browned.
"Over the Rocky Mountains" by R.M. Ballantyne
She was festooned with electric lights from the water line to the top of her towering steel masts.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
It was also a strange sight to see the limbs festooned from tree to tree.
"The Twenty-fifth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion" by George P. Bissell
Posts were planted, draped and festooned with green boughs.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
The gray adobe building where the unmarried office men and engineers lived was gay with colored lights and cedar festoons.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
They hung down from her yardarms, too, in mammoth festoons.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
Wild vines abounded and climbed over the trees in long festoons as they do in Lombardy.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
The Emperor's tribune was decorated with flowers: huge bunches of lilies in pots of earthenware and crimson roses trailed in festoons overhead.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The American flag was festooned overhead; and, as far as possible, the cabin was put into festive array.
"Life at Puget Sound: With Sketches of Travel in Washington Territory, British Columbia, Oregon and California" by Caroline C. Leighton

In poetry:

With flowers today the sky's festooned;
To yearning hosts a-sigh
On winds perfumed with memories
May's fair-winged forecasts fly.
"May Day" by Bernard O Dowd
The black festoons that stretch for miles,
And turn the streets to funeral aisles?
(No house too poor to show
The Nation's badge of woe!)
"Abraham Lincoln: An Horatian Ode" by Richard Henry Stoddard
They well remembered how he loved to dash
Into the fight, festooned from summer bowers;
How like a fountain's spray his sabre's flash
Leaped from a mass of flowers.
"Obsequies Of Stuart" by John Reuben Thompson
Not here of softer climes the gorgeous boast,
Forests with broad festoons luxuriant hung,
In Yucatan or Guatimala's coast,
Or brilliant flowers on earth profusely flung;
"The Rose Of The Wilderness (Gathered In Crossing A Portage On The River Winnipeg)" by George Jehoshaphat Mountain
Shall we fawn round the priestcraft that glutted the shears,
And festooned the stocks with our grandfathers' ears?
Talk of Woolman's unsoundness? count Penn heterodox?
And take Cotton Mather in place of George Fox?
"The Quaker Alumni" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"The moss, that creeps from bough to bough,
And hangs in many a dull festoon;—
There, peeping through thy curtain, thou
Mayest catch some 'glimpses of the moon';
Or, better, twist of it a string,
Noose in thy neck, repent, and—swing!"
"The Gag" by John Pierpont

In news:

A season festooned with gift-giving anxiety .
Some of the more ornate canopies are made by floral designers and resemble gazebos festooned with enough foliage to fill a garden.
Breakfast on a private patio festooned with perfumed flowers.
LOS ANGELES—Wendy's is making a high-end re-entry into Japan with a $16 burger festooned with foie gras and truffles.
W e are standing midway between the north and south towers of the Golden Gate Bridge , festooned with hard hats, climbing harnesses and thick leather gloves.
I was dropping our goddaughter off at school the other day and saw yet another Blockbuster Video festooned with store closing signs.
During Grand Illumination Night on Wednesday, August 19, the Campground gingerbread cottages were festooned with paper lanterns, which at a signal were simultaneously lit.
On the tail end of a season to forget, 180 of the valley's most festive and festooned skiers on Sunday climbed and descended a special-for-this-year route to honor 19th-century mailman Al Johnson.
I wonder how the high school cheerleaders in Kountze, Texas, would react if a Muslim student wanted to have the football team run through a banner festooned with quotations from the Koran.
For the past week, the Afghan capital has been draped with black cloth arches and festooned with huge colored banners.
Gary Johnson was standing a couple of blocks from Dupont Circle, on a corner festooned with rainbow-flag bunting—a location strategically selected to highlight his support of gay marriage.
They can also festoon porch posts or deck railings.
The Virgin festooned with pornographic photos and elephant dung has come and gone.
A girl on a donkey leads a candle-carrying procession past San Miguel de Allende's shops festooned with piñatas and poinsettias.
I wanted to celebrate the holidays by festooning my Christmas tree in garish reds and greens this year and I wanted to do it for under $50.