a day of celebration; holiday: The Fourth of July is a great American fete.
a festive celebration or entertainment: The ball was the greatest fete of the season.
a religious feast or festival: a fete lasting several days in honor of a saint.
to entertain at or honor with a fete: to fete a visiting celebrity.
to celebrate, laud, or acclaim: He was feted in the press and honored by fellow citizens.
- Also fête [feyt, fet; French fet]. /feɪt, fɛt; French fɛt/.
- fate, fete
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How to use fete in a sentence
For a corporate client who hosted 1,500-person holiday fetes before the pandemic, Tinsel Experiential Design in New York instead organized three separate events with two different concepts.Office holiday parties are back and smaller than ever | Rani Molla | November 22, 2021 | Vox
She spent the day wandering around in shock until she could pop corks with her colleagues in a virtual fete.These scientists spent decades pushing NASA to go back to Venus. Now they’re on a hot streak. | Corinne Iozzio | June 29, 2021 | Popular-Science
The real hackers—whoever they may prove to be—had pulled off a feat: they ruined a Hollywood fete.
The glamorous fete was followed by the premiere of the 4-hour miniseries Olive Kitteridge, which will premiere on HBO Nov. 2.Frances McDormand on 'Olive Kitteridge,' Dropping LSD, and Her Beef With FX's 'Fargo' | Marlow Stern | September 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The fete Worse Than Death was an organizational disaster and a massive success.Joshua Compston Was Once the Wunderkind of the British Art World…and Now He’s Been Practically Forgotten | Anthony Haden-Guest | January 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Thanks to the presence of blackface and KKK costumes, her offensive fete went viral and earner her instant infamy.
Paris Hilton tried her hand at DJing in L.A. at a fete celebrating the release of her new single with Lil Wayne, "Good Time."Paris Hilton's Trippy Los Angeles Release Party For Her Single With Lil Wayne | Jean Trinh | October 9, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
At midsummer was to be a fete in the Saboba village, and the San Bernardino priest would come there.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
Two or three times during the winter he gave a fete as a matter of social pride in return for the civilities he received.Juana | Honore de Balzac
Both were present at this fete given at the New Palace on the night of the 15th of July in their character of reporters.Michael Strogoff | Jules Verne
Everybody wore rich apparel and was talking of the coming fete.The Land of the Changing Sun | William N. Harben
Next week, sometime, I am to have my promised lawn fete to introduce 53 the countryside to the new member of our household.Mavis of Green Hill | Faith Baldwin
British Dictionary definitions for fête
a gala, bazaar, or similar entertainment, esp one held outdoors in aid of charity
a feast day or holiday, esp one of religious significance
Caribbean informal an organized group entertainment, esp a party or a dance
(tr) to honour or entertain with or as if with a fête: the author was fêted by his publishers
(intr) Caribbean informal to join in a fête
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