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Feast day

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.

    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 day

n. (lb en religion) a religious festival for a particular saint or religious event

feast day

n. a day designated for feasting [syn: fete day]

Usage examples of "feast day".

Knowing that she lay confined in this dungeon while, above, the good folk of Darre celebrated the feast day of St.

Peter the Discipla, whose feast day this was, had been martyred by being burned alive by unbelievers.