[ fe-stoon ]
/ fɛˈstun /


verb (used with object)

Origin of festoon

1670–80; < French feston < Italian festone decoration for a feast, derivative of festa festa


un·fes·tooned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for festoon

/ (fɛˈstuːn) /


a decorative chain of flowers, ribbons, etc, suspended in loops; garland
a carved or painted representation of this, as in architecture, furniture, or pottery
  1. the scalloped appearance of the gums where they meet the teeth
  2. a design carved on the base material of a denture to simulate this
  1. either of two Zerynthia species of white pierid butterfly of southern Europe, typically mottled red, yellow, and brown
  2. an ochreous brown moth, Apoda avellana the unusual sluglike larvae of which feed on oak leaves

verb (tr)

to decorate or join together with festoons
to form into festoons

Word Origin for festoon

C17: from French feston, from Italian festone ornament for a feast, from festa feast
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Medical definitions for festoon

[ fĕ-stōōn ]


A carving in the base material of a denture that simulates the contours of the natural tissue being replaced by the denture.
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