festival Definition

  • 1a day or period of celebration, typically for religious or cultural reasons
  • 2a series of performances of music, plays, films, etc., typically one held annually in the same place

Using festival: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "festival" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The festival of Diwali is celebrated by Hindus all over the world.

  • Example

    The Edinburgh Festival is a famous arts festival held every August.

  • Example

    The music festival was a huge success and attracted thousands of people.

festival Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for festival

Idioms Using festival

  • a metaphorical expression for the experience of living, with all its joys and sorrows


    She embraced the festival of life, cherishing every moment and making the most of every opportunity.

  • a colorful and vibrant display or celebration


    The Holi festival in India is known as the festival of color, with participants throwing brightly colored powder at each other.

  • a celebration involving the use of lights, often for religious or cultural reasons


    The Hindu festival of Diwali is known as the festival of lights, with people lighting candles and lamps to symbolize the triumph of good over evil.

Phrases with festival

  • an organized, extended presentation of films in one or more cinemas or screening venues, usually in a single city or region


    The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world.

  • an event that celebrates food, often featuring local or regional cuisine and culinary traditions


    The Taste of Chicago is an annual food festival that showcases the city's diverse culinary scene.

  • an event featuring live performances by multiple musical acts, often spanning several days


    Coachella is one of the largest and most popular music festivals in the world.

Origins of festival

from Old French 'festivus', meaning 'festive'


Summary: festival in Brief

A 'festival' [ˈfɛstɪv(ə)l] is a day or period of celebration, often for religious or cultural reasons, or a series of performances held annually in the same place. It can refer to events like the Edinburgh Festival or the music festival, as well as phrases like 'food festival' and idioms like 'a festival of color.' 'Festival' is a formal term for a celebration or event, with synonyms like 'holiday' and 'feast,' and antonyms like 'mourning' and 'funeral.'

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