noun, plural fest·schrift·en [fest-shrif-tuh n] /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.

Nearby words

  1. festively,
  2. festivity,
  3. festoon,
  4. festoon blind,
  5. festoonery,
  6. festuca,
  7. festus,
  8. festy,
  9. fet,
  10. fet-

Origin of festschrift

1900–05; < German, equivalent to Fest feast, festival + Schrift writing

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British Dictionary definitions for festschrift


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

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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