fete

[feyt, fet]

noun, plural fetes.

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.

verb (used with object), fet·ed, fet·ing.

to entertain at or honor with a fete: to fete a visiting celebrity.

Also fête [feyt, fet; French fet] /feɪt, fɛt; French fɛt/.

Origin of fete

1745–55; < French fête, earlier feste feast
Related formsun·fet·ed, adjective
Can be confusedfate fete (see synonym study at fate)
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British Dictionary definitions for feting

fête

fete

noun

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

verb

(tr) to honour or entertain with or as if with a fêtethe author was fêted by his publishers
(intr) Caribbean informal to join in a fête

Word Origin for fête

C18: from French: feast
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Word Origin and History for feting

fete

v.

1819, from fete (n.). Related: Feted; fetes; feting.

fete

n.

1754, from French fête "festival, feast," from Old French feste (see feast). Apparently first used in English by Horace Walpole (1717-1797).

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