noun (plural -ties) Date: 14th century 1. festival 1 2. the quality or state of being festive ; gaiety 3. festive activity

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  • festivity — UK [feˈstɪvətɪ] / US noun Word forms festivity : singular festivity plural festivities a) [uncountable] a happy feeling that people get when they celebrate a special event b) festivities [plural] a lively and enjoyable celebration Festivities… …   English dictionary

  • festivity — fes|tiv|i|ty [feˈstıvıti] n 1.) festivities [plural] things such as drinking, eating, or dancing that are done to celebrate a special occasion ▪ The festivities started with a procession through the town. 2.) [U] a happy feeling that exists when… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • festivity — fes|tiv|i|ty [ fe stıvəti ] noun uncount a happy feeling that people get when they celebrate a special event: There was a wonderful air of festivity in the whole neighborhood. a. festivities plural lively and enjoyable celebration: Festivities… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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