- any rich or abundant meal: The steak dinner was a feast.
- a sumptuous entertainment or meal for many guests: a wedding feast.
- something highly agreeable: The Rembrandt exhibition was a feast for the eyes.
- a periodical celebration or time of celebration, usually of a religious nature, commemorating an event, person, etc.: Every year, in September, the townspeople have a feast in honor of their patron saint.
- to have or partake of a feast; eat sumptuously.
- to dwell with gratification or delight, as on a picture or view.
- to provide or entertain with a feast.
- feast one's eyes, to gaze with great joy, admiration, or relish: to feast one's eyes on the Grand Canyon.
Origin of feast
Examples from the Web for feaster
Genius, and genius alone, can prepare a feast fit for the feaster.Holiday Tales
W. H. H. Murray
An exception, one of three such, was the feaster on Raf's left.Star Born
Quickly follows him a feaster who has called Umalgo, the Spirit of the Sun, and was possessed by him.The Head Hunters of Northern Luzon From Ifugao to Kalinga
Cornelis De Witt Willcox
According to Indian custom, no feaster dare leave uneaten food on his plate.Canada: the Empire of the North
Agnes C. Laut
In these great feasts, the feaster makes one or several speeches before we begin to eat, and one again after all is done.La Ronge Journal, 1823
- a large and sumptuous meal, usually given as an entertainment for several people
- a periodic religious celebration
- something extremely pleasing or sumptuousa feast for the eyes
- movable feast a festival or other event of variable date
- to eat a feast
- (usually foll by on)to enjoy the eating (of), as if feastingto feast on cakes
- (tr) to give a feast to
- (intr foll by on) to take great delight (in)to feast on beautiful paintings
- (tr) to regale or delightto feast one's mind or one's eyes
Word Origin and History for feaster
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.