festive

[ fes-tiv ]
/ ˈfɛs tɪv /

adjective

pertaining to or suitable for a feast or festival: festive decorations; a festive meal.
joyous; merry: a festive mood.

Origin of festive

1645–55; < Latin fēstīvus merry, equivalent to fēst(us) festal + -īvus -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for festive

festive

/ (ˈfɛstɪv) /

adjective

appropriate to or characteristic of a holiday, etc; merry

Derived Forms

festively, adverbfestiveness, noun

Word Origin for festive

C17: from Latin festīvus joyful, from festus of a feast
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