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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Definitions for festoon

  1. to adorn with or as with festoons: to festoon a hall.
  2. to form into festoons: to festoon flowers and leaves.
  3. Dentistry. to reproduce natural gum patterns around the teeth or a denture.

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Citations for festoon
To add to the magnificence, the Sisters of Charity fashioned twelve large and thirty small garlands and prepared 702 flowers by hand to festoon the walls with artificial wreaths. Lena Newman, The John A. Macdonald Album, 1974
Red cellophane garlands festoon the doorways. She has totally forgotten it is as close to Christmas as this. Lorrie Moore, "People Like That Are the Only People Here," Birds of America, 1998
Origin of festoon
Festoon can be traced to the Italian term festa, which shares a meaning with the English word of the same spelling, "a feast, festival, or holiday."