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word-forming element in compounds such as hen-fest, gabfest, etc., 1889, American English, borrowed from German Fest "festival," abstracted from Volksfest, etc., from Middle High German vëst, from Latin festum (see festivity).

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A celebration or extensive exercise and indulgence of what is indicated: slugfest/ gabfest/ fuckfest/ jazzfest/ schmoozefest/ splatterfest

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[1880s+; fr German, ''festival'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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