Adjective "festival" definition and examples

(Festival may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈfɛstɪv(ə)l/

Definitions and examples

noun

A day or period of celebration, typically for religious reasons.
  1. 'Besides the religious connotation of the festival, it is seen as a time for revelry.'
  2. 'He charged that in Tripura Hindu religious festivals were not allowed to be celebrated by Christians.'
  3. 'This epic of Dravidian India is of the type that is told in homes rather than at religious festivals.'
  4. 'At a season of religious festivals, the rich peoples of the world indulge in a benign competition to do good.'
  5. 'Because this time of year is not only a time of religious festivals.'
  6. 'Even in the contemporary church, this is one of the least religious of the festivals.'
  7. 'Here in Doi Tung, these tribal villagers continue to celebrate their ancient festivals and religious rituals.'
  8. 'It is in these places that festivals are celebrated with religious music and masked dances.'
  9. 'These shows take place at fairs, religious festivals, weddings, funerals, and sporting events.'
  10. 'Falafel are made for religious festivals, especially among Christian communities during Lent when meat is forbidden.'
An organized series of concerts, plays, or films, typically one held annually in the same place.
  1. 'They used to take me up to Auckland for Philharmonia concerts and film festivals.'
  2. 'Of course, the presence of two major international jazz festivals also contributes to the country's jazzy well-being.'
  3. 'This was the latest in a series of film festivals, displaying the work of African moviemakers.'
  4. 'The world situation has had deleterious effects on a couple of international film festivals this week.'
  5. 'Mr. Kiran and Ms. Satyan finished the project in nearly two months and sent the film to three short film festivals abroad.'
  6. 'Some cineastes still curse Hoop Dreams for turning film festivals into video festivals.'
  7. 'Such was the impact that we decided to roll out a series of organic festivals across the country to promote eco-friendly living.'
  8. 'It has now been seen at 15 international festivals, and had its British premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival.'
  9. 'It's great for films, festivals, concerts, and of course the opportunity to study at the university.'
  10. 'Sponsorships are big, including film festivals, concert tours and music showcases.'

More definitions

1. a day or time of religious or other celebration, marked by feasting, ceremonies, or other observances: the festival of Christmas; a Roman festival.

2. a periodic commemoration, anniversary, or celebration: an annual strawberry festival.

3. a period or program of festive activities, cultural events, or entertainment: a music festival.

4. gaiety; revelry; merrymaking. adjective

5. festal: a festival atmosphere of unrestrained joy.

More examples(as adjective)

"buyings can be festival."

Origin

Middle English (as an adjective): via Old French from medieval Latin festivalis, from Latin festivus, from festum, (plural) festa ‘feast’.