[ fee-es-tuh; Spanish fyes-tah ]
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noun,plural fi·es·tas [fee-es-tuhz; Spanish fyes-tahs]. /fiˈɛs təz; Spanish ˈfyɛs tɑs/.
  1. any festival or festive celebration.

  2. (in Spain and Latin America) a festive celebration of a religious holiday.

Origin of fiesta

1835–45, Americanism;<Spanish <Latin fēsta;see feast

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How to use fiesta in a sentence

  • Just a week before the shooting, he rode in the fiesta Bowl parade in a police tank.

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  • Each of them was chuck full of that dubious sort of pride that has busted up more than one love-fiesta.

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  • Of course there was a great fiesta, and the miracles performed in that week of rejoicing will never be forgotten.

  • The ramas were set up again outside while the Virgin was carried back to her shrine and then the real fiesta began.

    The Four Corners Abroad | Amy Ella Blanchard
  • The little village where the fiesta was to take place was but a short distance away.

    The Four Corners Abroad | Amy Ella Blanchard
  • Throughout the fiesta, workers dipped into the pulque casks.

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British Dictionary definitions for fiesta


/ (fɪˈɛstə, Spanish ˈfjesta) /

  1. a religious festival or celebration, esp on a saint's day

  2. a holiday or carnival

Origin of fiesta

Spanish, from Latin festa, plural of festum festival; see feast

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