noun Chiefly British Slang.

(formerly) an annual dinner or party given by an employer for employees.
a celebration or festive occasion, especially when a meal is provided.

Also bean·fest [been-fest] /ˈbinˌfɛst/.

Origin of beanfeast

First recorded in 1795–1805; bean + feast Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bean-feast

Historical Examples of bean-feast

  • Yes, said Pryce, grimly, your people seem to have left you out of this bean-feast.

  • An' them as makes it a bean-feast 'as got to be 'arshly dealt with accordin'.

  • It had been an old-established custom at the school that once in each term the seniors should hold a kind of bean-feast.

  • "It's wery likely some fire company's men marching to a bean-feast, or a freemason's funeral obscenities," replied the alderman.

    The English Spy

    Bernard Blackmantle

  • Another common object of the country-side was the scotale, which was a kind of bean-feast.

    Medival Byways

    Louis F. Salzmann

British Dictionary definitions for bean-feast


noun British informal

an annual dinner given by employers to employees
any festive or merry occasion
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