[ feyt, fet ]
/ feɪt, fɛt /
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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.
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Also fête [feyt, fet; French fet]. /feɪt, fɛt; French fɛt/.
Origin of fete
First recorded in 1745–55; from French fête “holiday, festival,” from Old French feste “feast”; see origin at feast
OTHER WORDS FROM feteun·fet·ed, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH fetefate, fete
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British Dictionary definitions for fete
/ (feɪt) /
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 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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