- pertaining to or suitable for a feast or festival: festive decorations; a festive meal.
- joyous; merry: a festive mood.
Origin of festive
Examples from the Web for festive
Many love Christmas and all the festive decorations that come with it.Star Wars Christmas Lights, Unedited Footage of a Bear, and More Viral Videos
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Creepy thing to wrap up in festive paper and a bow and give to a newborn baby, yeah?Keep Christmas Commercialized!
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And the entire Bon Temps gang has gathered for a festive Thanksgiving dinner.'True Blood' Ends With a Whimper: The Sexy HBO Vampire Series Is (Finally) Over
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When the host is in a festive mood, entering customers are given strings of Mardi Gras beads.The Ultimate Southern Cheeseburger Created in South Carolina
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August 10, 2014
It had a festive air last Sunday as residents flooded into the spotlessly clean park to soak up the first rays of spring.Is Kharkiv Ukraine’s Next Tipping Point?
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New bonnets had been specially prepared for this festive occasion.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
Tama keeps the guard and seals to wear on festive occasions.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
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Here am I in festive array, and no man can be more ready for the promised banquet.Timaeus
These the captain decided should be placed in the center of the festive board.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
Only, a fellow never can tell where he stands with most of these festive dames.Nobody
Louis Joseph Vance
- appropriate to or characteristic of a holiday, etc; merry
Word Origin and History for festive
1650s, "pertaining to a feast," from Latin festivus "festive, joyous, gay," from festum "festival, holiday," noun use of neuter of adjective festus (see feast (n.)).
Meaning "mirthful" is attested by 1774. Unattested from 1651 to 1735; modern use may be a back-formation from festivity. Related: Festively; festiveness.