- (often initial capital letter) a volume of articles, essays, etc., contributed by many authors in honor of a colleague, usually published on the occasion of retirement, an important anniversary, or the like.
Origin of festschrift
1900–05; < German, equivalent to Fest feast, festival + Schrift writing
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Examples from the Web for festschrift
Printed by him in 1894 in a 'Festschrift' in honour of Professor Hildebrand.
- a collection of essays or learned papers contributed by a number of people to honour an eminent scholar, esp a colleague
German, from Fest celebration, feast + Schrift writing
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Word Origin and History for festschrift
1898, from German Festschrift, literally "festival writing."
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