a string or chain of flowers, foliage, ribbon, etc., suspended in a curve between two points.
a decorative representation of this, as in architectural work or on pottery.
a fabric suspended, draped, and bound at intervals to form graceful loops or scalloped folds.
Dentistry. the garlandlike area of the gums surrounding the necks of the teeth.
to adorn with or as with festoons: to festoon a hall.
to form into festoons: to festoon flowers and leaves.
Dentistry. to reproduce natural gum patterns around the teeth or a denture.
to connect by festoons.
- un·fes·tooned, adjective
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How to use festoon in a sentence
These form one of the many island groups that hang like a fringe or festoon on the skirt of the continent of Asia.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
Between the posts hung a festoon of signalling flags, long pointed strips of bunting with red balls or blue on them.Hyacinth | George A. Birmingham
For decoration use autumnal grasses, wheat, oats and corn, and festoon strings of them wherever possible.Suppers | Paul Pierce
Bank the fire-place and corners with boughs of autumn leaves, and festoon them in garlands wherever there is a vacant place.Suppers | Paul Pierce
"But I am not a fortune-teller," he said, letting his head drop into a festoon of towel, and towelling away at his two ears.Great Expectations | Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for festoon
a decorative chain of flowers, ribbons, etc, suspended in loops; garland
a carved or painted representation of this, as in architecture, furniture, or pottery
the scalloped appearance of the gums where they meet the teeth
a design carved on the base material of a denture to simulate this
either of two Zerynthia species of white pierid butterfly of southern Europe, typically mottled red, yellow, and brown
an ochreous brown moth, Apoda avellana the unusual sluglike larvae of which feed on oak leaves
to decorate or join together with festoons
to form into festoons
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