verb (used with object)
Origin of festoon
Examples from the Web for festoon
Poets of every class have license to festoon life's oasis, et cetera, with platitudes and illogical assertions.The Army Mule and Other War Sketches|Henry A. Castle
At the banquet a festoon of roses was suspended over the table.
String, and use to decorate table or tree, or to festoon from the center of the ceiling to the corners and sides of the room.Home Occupations for Boys and Girls|Bertha Johnston
In this, they fence Elpanam with palm leaves, and festoon the houses and pathways with various kinds of shrubs and grasses.In the Andamans and Nicobars|C. Boden Kloss
I saw to-day, on a single bough of tholukh, and a very small bough, three birds' nests suspended in a festoon.
British Dictionary definitions for festoon
- 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
Word Origin for festoon
Word Origin and History for festoon
1620s, from French feston (16c.), from Italian festone, literally "a festive ornament," apparently from festa "celebration, feast," from Vulgar Latin *festa (see feast (n.)). The verb is attested from 1789. Related: Festooned.