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[feyt, fet] /feɪt, fɛt/
noun, plural fetes.
a day of celebration; holiday:
The Fourth of July is a great American fete.
a festive celebration or entertainment:
The ball was the greatest fete of the season.
a religious feast or festival:
a fete lasting several days in honor of a saint.
verb (used with object), feted, feting.
to entertain at or honor with a fete:
to fete a visiting celebrity.
Also, fête
[feyt, fet; French fet] /feɪt, fɛt; French fɛt/ (Show IPA)
Origin of fete
1745-55; < French fête, earlier feste feast
Related forms
unfeted, adjective
Can be confused
fate, fete (see synonym study at fate) Unabridged
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  • Hubert, quite excited by this day of recreation and of fete, was the only one who had anything to say.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Have you invited the Benedictine Fathers to your fete in the wood?

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete Madame La Marquise De Montespan
  • As it happened, the fete of Janville fell on Sunday, the second in May.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • The slightest excuse was sufficient for him—a fete, a wish, a simple pleasure.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • He had called on the Marquise the day following the fete at the Hotel Dulac.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
British Dictionary definitions for fete


a gala, bazaar, or similar entertainment, esp one held outdoors in aid of charity
a feast day or holiday, esp one of religious significance
(Caribbean, informal) an organized group entertainment, esp a party or a dance
(transitive) to honour or entertain with or as if with a fête: the author was fêted by his publishers
(intransitive) (Caribbean, informal) to join in a fête
Word Origin
C18: from French: feast
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fete

1754, from French fête "festival, feast," from Old French feste (see feast). Apparently first used in English by Horace Walpole (1717-1797).


1819, from fete (n.). Related: Feted; fetes; feting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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