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[fest-shrift] /ˈfɛstˌʃrɪft/
noun, plural festschriften
[fest-shrif-tuh n] /ˈfɛstˌʃrɪf tən/ (Show IPA),
(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 Unabridged
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noun (pl) -schriften (-ˌʃrɪftən), -schrifts
a collection of essays or learned papers contributed by a number of people to honour an eminent scholar, esp a colleague
Word Origin
German, from Fest celebration, feast + Schrift writing
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1898, from German Festschrift, literally "festival writing."

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