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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
feast
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
bean feast
movable feast
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
great
▪ It was one of the greatest feasts of his reign.
▪ The women and children especially found him friendly and did him the honor of welcoming him to their great pumpkin feast.
▪ Such a picture points to the great Messianic feast in the future.
▪ Once a year the up-river migration of the salmon heading for their spawning grounds provides a great feast.
▪ Very soon now they will be ready and then I mean to hold a great feast for all my people.
▪ Afterwards, Thorfinn gave a great feast.
movable
▪ A birthday is a movable feast as the round of years is wholly unrelated to the seasons.
■ NOUN
day
▪ On feast days such as Passover, thousands of offerings were made.
▪ Hence, the blessing of bread on her feast day.
▪ It was generally held on or about the feast day of the patron saint to whom the church was dedicated.
▪ Canonized 1729; feast day, May 16.
▪ On special feast days a High Mass was sung to mark the occasion.
▪ Her feast day was designated as June 20.
▪ Prayer, songs and fireworks all helped the faithful celebrate her feast day.
days
▪ On feast days such as Passover, thousands of offerings were made.
▪ I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.
▪ On special feast days a High Mass was sung to mark the occasion.
midnight
▪ Let's have a midnight feast tonight, she said: a secret party.
▪ Big Ronnie was up and about and having a midnight feast.
▪ When it is time to eat, pretend it is a midnight feast and have the food in one of the bedrooms.
wedding
▪ My words have been grubby confetti, faded, tacky, blown far from the wedding feast.
▪ Village wedding feasts may soon forsake smoked salmon canapés in favour of such things as Lincolnshire chine and Wiltshire porkies once again.
▪ Here was the connubial complement to Miss Havisham's wedding feast but without the cobwebs.
▪ So they lived happily in his fortress for a month and a day, celebrating their wedding feast.
▪ The priest made a short speech praising the families and the outstanding simplicity of the wedding feast.
▪ Witness their behaviour at the Lapithae wedding feast when the centaur Eurythion tried to rape the bride.
■ VERB
celebrate
▪ Christmas came in the summer holidays and was celebrated with a simple feast and decorations of flowers or branches.
▪ Prayer, songs and fireworks all helped the faithful celebrate her feast day.
▪ So they lived happily in his fortress for a month and a day, celebrating their wedding feast.
▪ Tithing was of utmost importance, as was celebrating weeklong feasts in spring, summer and fall.
▪ The markets were closed Monday for a holiday celebrating the feast of the Three Kings.
hold
▪ Very soon now they will be ready and then I mean to hold a great feast for all my people.
prepare
▪ Christians fast to prepare for a feast; the modern world feasts and then queasily goes on a diet.
▪ Now for the questions that even experienced cooks ask when faced with preparing the Thanksgiving feast.
▪ In the Manse the household occupied themselves with the task of preparing a feast fit for the assembled lords.
▪ And, my great-grandmother hired shamans and prepared feasts to appease the spirits and prayed for a son.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a Thanksgiving Day feast
▪ On Tuesdays the restaurant offers a prime rib feast.
▪ The Christmas celebrations in Fiji are rounded off by a huge feast on Christmas Day.
▪ The last day of Kwanzaa is marked by a lavish feast.
▪ There were over sixty guests at the wedding feast.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Canonized 1729; feast day, May 16.
▪ Chefs Kuni and Yasu, both chatty artists, carve edible canvasses that are spectacular feasts for the eyes.
▪ Come down Daniel to the lions' den, Come down Daniel and join in the feast.
▪ He said the date was chosen to coincide with the feast of St Teresa of Lisieux, patron saint of the missions.
▪ Here was the connubial complement to Miss Havisham's wedding feast but without the cobwebs.
▪ The welcome feast had made them as sick as volcanoes.
▪ Their clothes were aromatic with the feast they had been preparing.
II.verb
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ On the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims feasted for three days.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ At his trial some 15,000 revellers descended on Millau for music, feasting and anti-capitalist fun.
▪ Death was also a time for feasting.
▪ Having feasted on this rich diet of generalisable material, however, a few hard questions about its reliability began to surface.
▪ In the wooden fortress they were still feasting when the princess's army came in sight.
▪ Our Master, joyful at the pleasing Sight, Invites us all to feast with him at Night.
▪ They welcome me warmly, and I feast on the nourishment for which I was born and which is mine par excellence.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Feast

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.

    The seventh day shall be a feast to the Lord.
    --Ex. xiii. 6.

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

    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.

  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.

    Enough is as good as a feast.
    --Old Proverb.

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

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

    The feast of reason, and the flow of soul.
    --Pope.

    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.

Feast

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 companies, and on public festivals.

    And his sons went and feasted in their houses.
    --Job. i. 4.

  2. To be highly gratified or delighted.

    With my love's picture then my eye doth feast.
    --Shak.

Feast

Feast \Feast\, v. t.

  1. To entertain with sumptuous provisions; to treat at the table bountifully; as, he was feasted by the king.
    --Hayward.

  2. To delight; to gratify; as, to feast the soul.

    Feast your ears with the music a while.
    --Shak.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
feast

c.1300, "partake of a feast," from Old French fester "to feast, make merry; observe (a holiday)" (Modern French fêter), from feste "religious festival" (see feast (n.)). Related: Feasted; feasting.

feast

c.1200, "secular celebration with feasting and entertainment" (often held on a church holiday); c.1300, "religious anniversary characterized by rejoicing" (rather than fasting), from Old French feste "religious festival, holy day; holiday; market, fair; noise, racket; jest, fun" (12c., Modern French fête), from Vulgar Latin *festa (fem. singular; also source of Italian festa, Spanish fiesta), from Latin festa "holidays, feasts, festal banquets," noun use of neuter plural of festus "festive, joyful, merry," related to feriae "holiday" and fanum "temple," from Proto-Italic *fasno- "temple," from PIE *dhis-no- "divine, holy; consecrated place," from *dhes- "root of words in religious concepts" [Watkins].\n

\nThe spelling -ea- was used in Middle English to represent the sound we mis-call "long e." Meaning "abundant meal" (whether public or private) is by late 14c. Meaning "any enjoyable occasion or event" is from late 14c.

Wiktionary
feast

Etymology 1 n. 1 A very large meal, often of a ceremonial nature. 2 Something delightful 3 A festival; a holiday; a solemn, or more commonly, a joyous, anniversary. Etymology 2

vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To partake in a #Noun, or large meal. 2 (context intransitive English) To dwell upon (something) with delight. 3 (context transitive English) To hold a #Noun in honor of (someone). 4 (context transitive obsolete English) To serve as a feast for; to feed sumptuously.

WordNet
feast
  1. n. a ceremonial dinner party for many people [syn: banquet]

  2. something experienced with great delight; "a feast for the eyes"

  3. a meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed; "a banquet for the graduating seniors"; "the Thanksgiving feast"; "they put out quite a spread" [syn: banquet, spread]

  4. an elaborate party (often outdoors) [syn: fete, fiesta]

feast
  1. v. partake in a feast or banquet [syn: banquet, junket]

  2. provide a feast or banquet for [syn: banquet, junket]

  3. gratify; "feed one's eyes on a gorgeous view" [syn: feed]

Wikipedia
Feast

Feast may refer to:

Feast (Annihilator album)

Feast is the fourteenth album by the Canadian heavy metal band Annihilator, released on August 23, 2013 by UDR in Europe and August 27, 2013 in North America. The cover art of the album features Spanish model and presenter Pilar Rubio.

The album is the final to feature vocalist Dave Padden, who parted ways with the band at the end of 2014, ending his decade-plus long tenure. The decision came after Padden became fed up with Annihilator's rigorous touring schedule that followed the album's release, leaving him wanting to spend more time with his family.

Feast (2005 film)

Feast is a 2005 American action horror film, a result of Project Greenlights third season, the amateur filmmaking documentary series and contest. The winning team was composed of writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, and director John Gulager. It was executive produced by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore (through their LivePlanet production company), Wes Craven and the Maloof family. The film was produced and distributed by Dimension Films in association with Maloof Motion Pictures and Neo Art & Logic.

It is the first installment of the Feast series, followed by Feast II: Sloppy Seconds in 2008 and Feast III: The Happy Finish in 2009.

Feast (The Creatures album)

Feast is the debut album by British duo the Creatures (comprised by Siouxsie Sioux and musician Budgie, then-members of the band Siouxsie and the Banshees). It reached No. 17 in the UK Albums Chart and the "Miss the Girl" single peaked at No. 21. With their first album, the band embraced exotica, including "waves crashing on beaches", "found-sound effects from nature" and local Hawaiian chanters. Critic Ned Raggett described it as "a lush, tropical experience".

Feast was originally released in May 1983, two years after the Wild Things EP. It was entirely remastered in 1997 and reissued as part of the A Bestiary Of compilation.

Feast (2014 film)

Feast is a 2014 American 3D hand-drawn/ computer-animated romantic comedy short film directed by Patrick Osborne, and produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. It made its world premiere on June 10, 2014, at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and debuted in theaters with Big Hero 6 on November 7, 2014.

The short won both an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 87th Academy Awards, and the Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject at the 42nd Annie Awards.

Usage examples of "feast".

Now Ralph, he and his, being known for friends, these wild men could not make enough of them, and as it were, compelled them to abide there three days, feasting them, and making them all the cheer they might.

I tasted blood as though I were already drinking it, and I felt the abysmal and desperate emptiness that I always feel before I feast.

They knew there would be acceleration again, if the Movable Feast were not to plummet through the inside surface of the habitat and out into space.

It was as if he could see Ado and the others standing there in the flickering torchlight, grim spectres at the feast that no amount of alcohol or take would erase.

Count Bunker, arrayed in a becoming suit of knickerbockers, and looking as fresh as if he had feasted last night on aerated water, who sat down to consume it.

At Sleginhold, Lady Agatine would preside with Orlin Renne over a moonlit feast in honor of St.

The ghost of slavery had been banished from our national banquet: and, relieved of this terror, the American people began to show, more aggressively than ever before, their ability to provide and to consume a bountiful feast.

And every year, on the feast of First God Ait, Jair had offered up another thousand bars of gold.

Eh, amigos, no king since Montezuma feasted better than the Healer and me.

Laura felt cheated, for here came Amir Bedawi, at last, and she had no sun to provide her eyes the feast they had waited for all day.

Whatever else might happen that afternoon, no one would need or want Radgar Atheling for anything until at least sundown and the feast in the hall, probably not much even then.

After that he had gone feasting with the four merry lads, and they were now carrying him to Bazar Street and the young lady he had won from the unlucky baron.

It was but the other day, upon the feasts of the blessed Simon and Jude, that he slew my younger brother William in Bere Forest--for which, by the black thorn of Glastonbury!

I rode up and down hills laboriously in snow-drifts, getting off often to ease my faithful Birdie by walking down ice-clad slopes, stopping constantly to feast my eyes upon that changeless glory, always seeing some new ravine, with its depths of color or miraculous brilliancy of red, or phantasy of form.

How Iagoo, the great boaster, He the marvellous story-teller, Told his tales of strange adventure, That the feast might be more joyous, That the time might pass more gayly, And the guests be more contented.