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festal

[fes-tl] /ˈfɛs tl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or befitting a feast, festival, holiday, or gala occasion.
Origin of festal
1470-1480
1470-80; < Latin fēst(um) feast + -al1
Related forms
festally, adverb
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  • 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

festal

/ˈfɛstəl/
adjective
1.
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
adj.

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

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