[ fe-stiv-i-tee ]
/ fɛˈstɪv ɪ ti /

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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/ (fɛsˈtɪvɪtɪ) /

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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