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festive

[ fes-tiv ]
/ ˈfɛs tɪv /
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Definition of festive

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

First recorded in 1645–55; from Latin festīvus “merry, lively, joyous,” equivalent to festus “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 of festive

festively, adverbfestiveness, noun

Word Origin for festive

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