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  1. an assembly of people engaged in a common activity (often used in combination): filmfest; gabfest; love-fest; poetry fest.
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Origin of fest

< German Fest festival, holiday (see feast), as in Sängerfest choral festival
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    1. a meeting or event at which the emphasis is on a particular activitya fashion fest
    2. (in combination)schmaltz-fest; lovefest
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Word Origin

C19: from German Fest festival
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Word Origin and History for fest

see -fest.

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