verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- feasibility study,
- feast day,
- feast of dedication,
- feast of fools,
- feast of lights,
- feast of lots
Origin of feast
Examples from the Web for feast
It was known as the feast of Akitu, and it was celebrated in April.
The mythic origin of the feast was the creation of the world by the god Marduk.
Given the somewhat macabre origins of the feast, many of the celebrations were designed to placate the gods.
Feast your eyes on the ‘top-grain leather,’ ‘original’ design, gilded pages.
Then feast your ears on this 1969 Bill Cosby routine about drugging and seducing women.
Hereupon Ctesippus complained that we were talking in secret, and keeping the feast to ourselves.Lysis|Plato
She had shrunk from spiritual independence with all the obsequious arrogance of a poor relation at a feast.The Blood Red Dawn|Charles Caldwell Dobie
They did not feast, for these fairies never eat, and they drink only honey from flowers.Woodland Tales|Ernest Seton-Thompson
These he is to take home, that his wife and family may share in the feast.Norway|Beatrix Jungman
He shall not wait long—there is a feast in the court below, which he shall join presently.Frances Kane's Fortune|L. T. Meade
- to eat a feast
- (usually foll by on)to enjoy the eating (of), as if feastingto feast on cakes
Word Origin for feast
c.1200, "religious anniversary characterized by rejoicing" (rather than fasting), from Old French feste (12c., Modern French fête) "religious festival; noise, racket," from Vulgar Latin *festa (fem. singular; also source of Italian festa, Spanish fiesta), from Latin festa "holidays, feasts," noun use of neuter plural of festus "festive, joyful, merry," related to feriae "holiday" and fanum "temple," from PIE *dhes- "root of words in religious concepts" [Watkins]. The spelling -ea- was used in Middle English to represent the sound we mis-call "long e." Meaning "abundant meal" (whether public or private) is from late 14c.
c.1300, "partake of a feast," from Old French fester, from feste (see feast (n.)). Related: Feasted; feasting.