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[fes-tl] /ˈfɛs tl/
pertaining to or befitting a feast, festival, holiday, or gala occasion.
Origin of festal
1470-80; < Latin fēst(um) feast + -al1
Related forms
festally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for festal
Historical Examples
  • It might well be built, like a festal bower or arch, to entertain him a single day.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • He was too inspired with festal intoxication to observe her agitation.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • It looked deserted, in fact, festal and overlighted, but cheerful.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • Who ever heard of the festal oxen being tied to a cart's tail?

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • All festal occasions in Circassian life are enlivened by the presence of the minstrel.

    Life of Schamyl John Milton Mackie
  • Comedies and moresche were in great favor on festal occasions.

    Lucretia Borgia Ferdinand Gregorovius
  • The festal tea had begun, and Mrs. Thornburgh was presiding.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Moreover it is a time of joy, which brings all before us at first in a festal mood.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • But Ulysses is made to shoot on the festal day of the sungod.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • T is an enchantment to pilot grief to new and festal worlds!

    Semiramis and Other Plays Olive Tilford Dargan
British Dictionary definitions for festal


another word for festive
Derived Forms
festally, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin festum holiday, banquet; see feast
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Word Origin and History for festal

late 15c., from Middle French festal, from Late Latin festalis, from Latin festum "feast" (see feast (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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