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/ ˈfɛstˌʃrɪft /
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noun, plural fest·schrift·en [fest-shrif-tuhn], /ˈfɛstˌʃrɪf tən/, fest·schrifts.

(often initial capital letter) a volume of articles, essays, etc., contributed by many authors in honor of a colleague, usually published on the occasion of retirement, an important anniversary, or the like.



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Origin of festschrift

1900–05; <German, equivalent to Fest feast, festival + Schrift writing
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  • Printed by him in 1894 in a 'Festschrift' in honour of Professor Hildebrand.

  • In the paper in Mendel Festschrift, 1911, the subject is continued, but no more is added as to this part of the experiment.

    Problems of Genetics|William Bateson

British Dictionary definitions for festschrift

/ (ˈfɛstˌʃrɪft) /

noun plural -schriften (-ˌʃrɪftən) or -schrifts

a collection of essays or learned papers contributed by a number of people to honour an eminent scholar, esp a colleague
German, from Fest celebration, feast + Schrift writing
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