pertaining to or befitting a feast, festival, holiday, or gala occasion.

Origin of festal

1470–80; < Latin fēst(um) feast + -al1
Related formsfes·tal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for festal

Historical Examples of festal

  • It might well be built, like a festal bower or arch, to entertain him a single day.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • He was too inspired with festal intoxication to observe her agitation.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • It looked deserted, in fact, festal and overlighted, but cheerful.

    The Arrow of Gold

    Joseph Conrad

  • Who ever heard of the festal oxen being tied to a cart's tail?

  • All festal occasions in Circassian life are enlivened by the presence of the minstrel.

    Life of Schamyl

    John Milton Mackie

British Dictionary definitions for festal



another word for festive
Derived Formsfestally, adverb

Word Origin for festal

C15: from Latin festum holiday, banquet; see feast
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Word Origin and History for festal

late 15c., from Middle French festal, from Late Latin festalis, from Latin festum "feast" (see feast (n.)).

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