- 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.
Origin of festoon
Examples from the Web for festoon
Historical Examples of festoon
Every tiny house, even when it stood on the beach, had its own festoon of flowers.Walking Shadows
He was so fond of the festoon that he sometimes painted it alone.The Standard Galleries - Holland
Festoon the sides of the scenery and the ceiling with spruce and flowers.Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants
James H. Head
At the banquet a festoon of roses was suspended over the table.
Cook came out of the library where she was assisting with the festoon hanging.More William
- 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
Word Origin 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.
- A carving in the base material of a denture that simulates the contours of the natural tissue being replaced by the denture.