- pertaining to or suitable for a feast or festival: festive decorations; a festive meal.
- joyous; merry: a festive mood.
Origin of festive
Examples from the Web for festively
But do you see how festively the girls have arranged everything in your honour?The Lady From The Sea
The story goes that all the saints, festively assembled, were drinking wine.St. Nicholas
George H. McKnight
With them, as well as with most of the tribes of Western Ucayali, the birth of a child is festively celebrated.
This sprightly summer cheese is generously sprinkled with the local brandy and festively wrapped in fresh green leaves.The Complete Book of Cheese
Robert Carlton Brown
At that time Nana was much tormented by circumstances and not at all festively inclined.
- appropriate to or characteristic of a holiday, etc; merry
Word Origin and History for festively
1650s, "pertaining to a feast," from Latin festivus "festive, joyous, gay," from festum "festival, holiday," noun use of neuter of adjective festus (see feast (n.)).
Meaning "mirthful" is attested by 1774. Unattested from 1651 to 1735; modern use may be a back-formation from festivity. Related: Festively; festiveness.