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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.


n. A feast, or an occasion on which people or animals feast vb. (present participle of feast English)


n. eating an elaborate meal (often accompanied by entertainment) [syn: banqueting]

Usage examples of "feasting".

That was when he took a quick glance at the empty platter, and spied the mouse feasting on the bread crumbs.

These customs transferred to Christmas are to a great extent religious or magical rites intended to secure prosperity during the coming year, and there is also the familiar Christmas feasting, apparently derived in part from the sacrificial banquets that marked the beginning of winter.

The Incarnate God becomes a real child to be fondled and rocked, a child who is the loveliest of infants, whose birthday is the supreme type of all human birthdays, and may be kept with feasting and dance and song.

Kalends of January will be a warranty that all through the year their feasting will be in like measure abundant.

A great slaughter of cattle would then take place, it being impossible to keep the beasts in stall throughout the winter, and this time of slaughter would naturally be a season of feasting and sacrifice and religious observances.

To the paganism that preceded Christianity we must look for the origin of that Christmas feasting which has not seldom been a matter of scandal for the severer type of churchman.

We have met, for instance, with several kinds of present-giving, with auguries for the New Year, with processions of carol-singers and well-wishers, with ceremonial feasting that anticipates the Christmas eating and drinking, and with various figures, saintly or monstrous, mimed or merely imagined, which we shall find reappearing at the greatest of winter festivals.

Christmas feasting, while the human nature of the maskers was not altogether forgotten.

We have already seen how this illustrates the immemorial connection between material feasting and religious rejoicing.

Little Russian feasting customs are probably pagan in origin, but have received a curious Christian interpretation.

The New Year, however, is still the national holiday, and January 1 a great day for visiting and feasting, the chief, in fact, of all festivals.

Christmas feasting, and in the family gatherings round the hearth may be preserved a dim memory of ancient domestic rites.

And to the palace they went, and they spent that night in songs and feasting, as it pleased them.

In Harlech you will be feasting seven years, the birds of Rhiannon singing unto you the while.

And when it was time to leave off feasting, a chamber was prepared for them, and they went to rest.