[ been-feest ]

nounChiefly British Slang.
  1. (formerly) an annual dinner or party given by an employer for employees.

  2. a celebration or festive occasion, especially when a meal is provided.

Origin of beanfeast

First recorded in 1795–1805; bean + feast
  • Also bean·fest [been-fest]. /ˈbinˌfɛst/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use beanfeast in a sentence

  • If I purchase my own coffee-beans and grind them, can my breakfast be properly termed a bean-feast?

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

    Medival Byways | Louis F. Salzmann
  • Yes, said Pryce, grimly, your people seem to have left you out of this bean-feast.

    The Exiles of Faloo | Barry Pain
  • The bean feast is an important one, as, until it is held, no one is allowed to gather any beans.

  • "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

British Dictionary definitions for beanfeast


/ (ˈbiːnˌfiːst) /

nounBritish informal
  1. an annual dinner given by employers to employees

  2. any festive or merry occasion

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