noun, plural fes·tiv·i·ties.

a festive celebration or occasion.
festivities, festive events or activities: the festivities of Christmas.
festive character or quality; gaiety; merriment.

Origin of festivity

1350–1400; Middle English festivite (< Old French) < Latin fēstīvitās. See festive, -ity
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Historical Examples of festivities

  • The philosopher was too deeply impressed to return to the festivities of Olympia.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • The dancing gets faster, and the festivities are kept up late.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • We sat out the first part of the festivities, which were to conclude with theatricals.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • The vast blue sky, gladdened by the Sunday festivities, rejoiced.

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

  • Picture and sculpture are the celebrations and festivities of form.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

British Dictionary definitions for festivities


noun plural -ties

merriment characteristic of a festival, party, etc
any festival or other celebration
(plural) festive proceedings; celebrations
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Word Origin and History for festivities



late 14c., from Old French festivité, from Latin festivitatem (nominative festivitas) "good fellowship, generosity," from festivus "festive," from festum "festival or holiday," neuter of festus "of a feast" (see feast). Related: Festivities.

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