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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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  • Evidently the Count's fete was to be attended by a good deal of ceremony.

    The Garden Of Allah Robert Hichens
  • A fete, I believe, to which the king invited himself of his own accord?

    Louise de la Valliere Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • The preparations for this event required over a month, and it was called the fete of the camellias.

    The Marriage Contract Honore de Balzac
  • That, then, is as much as to refuse, because the dress is wanted for the fete at Vaux.

    The Man in the Iron Mask Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • Firelight faintly haloed Keela's face and brought mad memories of the soft light of the Venetian lamp at the Sherrill fete.

    Diane of the Green Van Leona Dalrymple
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.


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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