Feast day
Feast Feast (f[=e]st), n. [OE. feste festival, holiday, feast, OF. feste festival, F. f[^e]te, fr. L. festum, pl. festa, fr. festus joyful, festal; of uncertain origin. Cf. {Fair}, n., {Festal}, {F[^e]te}.] 1. A festival; a holiday; a solemn, or more commonly, a joyous, anniversary. [1913 Webster]

The seventh day shall be a feast to the Lord. --Ex. xiii. 6. [1913 Webster]

Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. --Luke ii. 41. [1913 Webster]

Note: An Ecclesiastical feast is called a {immovable feast} when it always occurs on the same day of the year; otherwise it is called a {movable feast}. Easter is a notable movable feast. [1913 Webster]

2. A festive or joyous meal; a grand, ceremonious, or sumptuous entertainment, of which many guests partake; a banquet characterized by tempting variety and abundance of food. [1913 Webster]

Enough is as good as a feast. --Old Proverb. [1913 Webster]

Belshazzar the King made a great feast to a thousand of his lords. --Dan. v. 1. [1913 Webster]

3. That which is partaken of, or shared in, with delight; something highly agreeable; entertainment. [1913 Webster]

The feast of reason, and the flow of soul. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

{Feast day}, a holiday; a day set as a solemn commemorative festival.

Syn: Entertainment; regale; banquet; treat; carousal; festivity; festival.

Usage: {Feast}, {Banquet}, {Festival}, {Carousal}. A feast sets before us viands superior in quantity, variety, and abundance; a banquet is a luxurious feast; a festival is the joyful celebration by good cheer of some agreeable event. Carousal is unrestrained indulgence in frolic and drink. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • feast day — n. 1. FEAST (sense 1) 2. NAME DAY …   English World dictionary

  • feast-day — feastˈ day noun A day on which a religious festival occurs • • • Main Entry: ↑feast …   Useful english dictionary

  • feast day — noun a day designated for feasting • Syn: ↑fete day • Hypernyms: ↑holiday • Hyponyms: ↑Rosh Hashanah, ↑Rosh Hashana, ↑Rosh Hashonah, ↑Rosh Hashona …   Useful english dictionary

  • feast day — /ˈfist deɪ/ (say feest day) noun 1. a day on which a religious feast is celebrated. 2. Philippine English → name day (def. 2) …   Australian English dictionary

  • feast day — a day, esp. a church holiday, for feasting and rejoicing. [1250 1300; ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • feast day — noun a day allocated to a particular saint …   Wiktionary

  • feast day — noun a day on which an annual Christian celebration is held …   English new terms dictionary

  • feast day —   Lā aha aina …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • Feast — (f[=e]st), n. [OE. feste festival, holiday, feast, OF. feste festival, F. f[^e]te, fr. L. festum, pl. festa, fr. festus joyful, festal; of uncertain origin. Cf. {Fair}, n., {Festal}, {F[^e]te}.] 1. A festival; a holiday; a solemn, or more… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Feast of the Circumcision of Christ — Circumcision of Christ, Menologion of Basil II, 979 984. The Feast of the Circumcision of Christ is a Christian celebration of the circumcision of Jesus in accordance with Jewish tradition, eight days (according to the Semitic and southern… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”