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[been-feest] /ˈbinˌfist/
noun, Chiefly British Slang.
(formerly) an annual dinner or party given by an employer for employees.
a celebration or festive occasion, especially when a meal is provided.
Also, beanfest
[been-fest] /ˈbinˌfɛst/ (Show IPA)
Origin of beanfeast
First recorded in 1795-1805; bean + feast Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Yes, said Pryce, grimly, your people seem to have left you out of this bean-feast.

    The Exiles of Faloo Barry Pain
  • An' them as makes it a bean-feast 'as got to be 'arshly dealt with accordin'.

    A Christmas Garland Max Beerbohm
  • It had been an old-established custom at the school that once in each term the seniors should hold a kind of bean-feast.

  • "It's wery likely some fire company's men marching to a bean-feast, or a freemason's funeral obscenities," replied the alderman.

    The English Spy Bernard Blackmantle
  • Another common object of the country-side was the scotale, which was a kind of bean-feast.

    Medival Byways Louis F. Salzmann
  • If I purchase my own coffee-beans and grind them, can my breakfast be properly termed a bean-feast?

British Dictionary definitions for bean-feast


noun (Brit, informal)
an annual dinner given by employers to employees
any festive or merry occasion
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Contemporary definitions for bean-feast

an annual dinner given by employers for their workers; extended to mean any festive occasion; also written bean feast


We have our bean-feast at our favorite restaurant.

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