noun, plural fest·schrift·en [fest-shrif-tuh n] /ˈfɛstˌʃrɪf tən/, fest·schrifts.
  1. (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.

Origin of festschrift

1900–05; < German, equivalent to Fest feast, festival + Schrift writing
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noun plural -schriften (-ˌʃrɪftən) or -schrifts
  1. a collection of essays or learned papers contributed by a number of people to honour an eminent scholar, esp a colleague

Word Origin for festschrift

German, from Fest celebration, feast + Schrift writing
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Word Origin and History for festschrift

1898, from German Festschrift, literally "festival writing."

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