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[fe-stiv-i-tee] /fɛˈstɪv ɪ ti/
noun, plural festivities.
a festive celebration or occasion.
festivities, festive events or activities:
the festivities of Christmas.
festive character or quality; gaiety; merriment.
Origin of festivity
1350-1400; Middle English festivite (< Old French) < Latin fēstīvitās. See festive, -ity Unabridged
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  • And thus evaporates the last vestige of the dragoon's Christmas festivity.

  • He had expected some sort of festivity after the performance, but there was none.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • Like Rose, he had died suddenly, a year later, on a day of festivity.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • They come upon us like some dire disaster in a time of festivity.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • He was, as a matter of fact, just returning from a night of festivity at the Nobility Club.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter
  • All during that evening's festivity I could think of nothing else.

    A Master of Mysteries L. T. Meade
  • The preparations for festivity are ever interesting to young folk.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • The symbol of festivity should be capacious, as well as prime in quality.

    Cattle and Their Diseases Robert Jennings
  • It was, perhaps, the most enjoyed of any Hamilton festivity.

British Dictionary definitions for festivity


noun (pl) -ties
merriment characteristic of a festival, party, etc
any festival or other celebration
(pl) festive proceedings; celebrations
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Word Origin and History for festivity

late 14c., from Old French festivité, from Latin festivitatem (nominative festivitas) "good fellowship, generosity," from festivus "festive," from festum "festival or holiday," neuter of festus "of a feast" (see feast). Related: Festivities.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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