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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Examples from the Web for festivity

Contemporary Examples of festivity

Historical Examples of festivity

  • And thus evaporates the last vestige of the dragoon's Christmas festivity.

  • He had expected some sort of festivity after the performance, but there was none.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Like Rose, he had died suddenly, a year later, on a day of festivity.


    Emile Zola

  • They come upon us like some dire disaster in a time of festivity.


    Charles James Lever

  • He was, as a matter of fact, just returning from a night of festivity at the Nobility Club.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

British Dictionary definitions for festivity


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 festivity

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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