feast
I. noun Etymology: Middle English feste, from Anglo-French, from Latin festa, plural of festum festival, from neuter of festus solemn, festal; akin to Latin feriae holidays, fanum temple Date: 13th century 1. a. an elaborate and usually abundant meal often accompanied by a ceremony or entertainment ; banquet b. (1) something that gives unusual or abundant enjoyment <
a visual feast
>
(2) abundance, profusion <
an unprecedented feast of corruption, gargantuan in scale — Neil Sheehan
>
2. a periodic religious observance commemorating an event or honoring a deity, person, or thing II. verb Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to take part in a feast 2. to enjoy some unusual pleasure or delight transitive verb 1. to give a feast for 2. delight, gratify <
feasting our eyes on the scenery
>
feaster noun

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  • 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 — may refer to: * A Festival * Ramadan, Muslim s holy month * Nineteen Day Feast, a monthly meeting held in Bahá í communities to worship, consult, and socialize. * Feast (film) , a 2006 horror film from Project Greenlight. * , the 2008 sequel to… …   Wikipedia

  • feast — ► NOUN 1) a large meal, especially a celebratory one. 2) an annual religious celebration. 3) a day dedicated to a particular saint. ► VERB 1) have a feast. 2) (feast on) eat large quantities of …   English terms dictionary

  • Feast — Feast, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Feasted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Feasting}.] [OE. festen, cf. OF. fester to rest from work, F. f[^e]ter to celebrate a holiday. See {Feast}, n.] 1. To eat sumptuously; to dine or sup on rich provisions, particularly in large …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Feast — Feast, v. t. 1. To entertain with sumptuous provisions; to treat at the table bountifully; as, he was feasted by the king. Hayward. [1913 Webster] 2. To delight; to gratify; as, to feast the soul. [1913 Webster] Feast your ears with the music a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • feast — feast; feast·ful; Feast; feast·er; …   English syllables

  • feast — [fēst] n. [ME feste < OFr < VL festa < pl. of L festum, festival < festus, festal, joyful, orig., of days for religious observance: see FAIR2] 1. a celebration or festival; esp., a periodic religious celebration, as in honor of God or …   English World dictionary

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  • feast — index carouse Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • feast — feaster, n. feastless, adj. /feest/, n. 1. any rich or abundant meal: The steak dinner was a feast. 2. a sumptuous entertainment or meal for many guests: a wedding feast. 3. something highly agreeable: The Rembrandt exhibition was a feast for the …   Universalium

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