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[fe-stoon] /fɛˈstun/
a string or chain of flowers, foliage, ribbon, etc., suspended in a curve between two points.
a decorative representation of this, as in architectural work or on pottery.
a fabric suspended, draped, and bound at intervals to form graceful loops or scalloped folds.
Dentistry. the garlandlike area of the gums surrounding the necks of the teeth.
verb (used with object)
to adorn with or as with festoons:
to festoon a hall.
to form into festoons:
to festoon flowers and leaves.
Dentistry. to reproduce natural gum patterns around the teeth or a denture.
to connect by festoons.
Origin of festoon
1670-80; < French feston < Italian festone decoration for a feast, derivative of festa festa
Related forms
unfestooned, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for festoon
Historical Examples
  • Every tiny house, even when it stood on the beach, had its own festoon of flowers.

    Walking Shadows Alfred Noyes
  • He was so fond of the festoon that he sometimes painted it alone.

  • festoon the sides of the scenery and the ceiling with spruce and flowers.

  • At the banquet a festoon of roses was suspended over the table.

  • Cook came out of the library where she was assisting with the festoon hanging.

    More William

    Richmal Crompton
  • For decoration use autumnal grasses, wheat, oats and corn, and festoon strings of them wherever possible.

    Suppers Paul Pierce
  • Bank the fire-place and corners with boughs of autumn leaves, and festoon them in garlands wherever there is a vacant place.

    Suppers Paul Pierce
  • Horsehair was used for covering by both makers, and in both cases gilt-headed nails put in a festoon were used to fasten it down.

    The Old Furniture Book N. Hudson Moore
  • At the top of the picture across the cloud-strewn sky is a festoon of fruits, Crivelli's characteristic decoration.

    Artists Past and Present Elisabeth Luther Cary
  • Between the posts hung a festoon of signalling flags, long pointed strips of bunting with red balls or blue on them.

    Hyacinth George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for festoon


a decorative chain of flowers, ribbons, etc, suspended in loops; garland
a carved or painted representation of this, as in architecture, furniture, or pottery
  1. the scalloped appearance of the gums where they meet the teeth
  2. a design carved on the base material of a denture to simulate this
  1. either of two Zerynthia species of white pierid butterfly of southern Europe, typically mottled red, yellow, and brown
  2. an ochreous brown moth, Apoda avellana the unusual sluglike larvae of which feed on oak leaves
verb (transitive)
to decorate or join together with festoons
to form into festoons
Word Origin
C17: from French feston, from Italian festone ornament for a feast, from festafeast
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for festoon

1620s, from French feston (16c.), from Italian festone, literally "a festive ornament," apparently from festa "celebration, feast," from Vulgar Latin *festa (see feast (n.)). The verb is attested from 1789. Related: Festooned.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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festoon in Medicine

festoon fes·toon (fě-stōōn')
A carving in the base material of a denture that simulates the contours of the natural tissue being replaced by the denture.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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