Adjective "festal" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to or characteristic of a celebration or festival.
  1. 'Furthermore, in his discussion of the Ta series from Pylos, he observes that the inventorying of festal equipment fell under the purview of one of the most important scribes.'
  2. 'Dr David Hope praised the Queen's ‘unstinting service, profound wisdom and unswerving faith’ during her 50-year reign at a special festal evensong at York Minster.'
  3. 'Christian worship may be assumed to have been a matter of ritual from the start, because of its roots in Temple worship, common festal meals, and the baptismal practice of Jesus and John.'
  4. 'Coste's only claim to attention is that his other anthem, Save me 0 God, picked up what has proved to be an adhesive attribution to Byrd, having been confused with Byrd's festal psalm of the same title.'
  5. 'There is no more melancholy spectacle than a festal hall, the morning after the banquet, when the guests have departed and the lights are extinguished.'
  6. 'The orgiastic reaches a licentious, contagious and unrestrainable climax in the festal - those moments occasioning transgressions of imposed morality.'
  7. 'And the whole celebration will be rounded off at 6pm with a festal Eucharist in the parish church.'
  8. 'Wallace guides preachers in linking their sermons to the festal, pastoral, and sanctoral calendar by connecting these liturgical occasions with three human ‘hungers.’'
  9. 'Yet, those brief hints do not tell us what we would dearly like to know: how the daily and festal ritual of sacrifice was carried out.'
  10. 'Galleries flank the terrace, and on festal days in summer the whole can be thrown open for large receptions.'


1. pertaining to or befitting a feast, festival, holiday, or gala occasion.

More examples(as adjective)

"days can be festal."

"scrolls can be festal."

"calendars can be festal."


Late 15th century: via Old French from late Latin festalis, from Latin festum, (plural) festa ‘feast’.