[fee-es-tuh; Spanish fyes-tah]

noun, plural fi·es·tas [fee-es-tuh z; Spanish fyes-tahs] /fiˈɛs təz; Spanish ˈfyɛs tɑs/.

any festival or festive celebration.
(in Spain and Latin America) a festive celebration of a religious holiday.

Origin of fiesta

1835–45, Americanism; < Spanish < Latin fēsta; see feast Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for fiesta

feast, festival, holiday, vacation, carnival

Examples from the Web for fiesta

Contemporary Examples of fiesta

Historical Examples of fiesta

  • Once a year there is a village festival or "fiesta" in his or her honor.

  • The vigilant animal had also gone to the fiesta with the family.

    The Dead Command

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • Though the field-sports were over, the fiesta of San Juan was not yet ended.

    The White Chief

    Mayne Reid

  • It was his bold luck on the day of the fiesta that had enabled him to provide such a stock.

    The White Chief

    Mayne Reid

  • On the second day after the fiesta there was a small dining party at the Presidio.

    The White Chief

    Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for fiesta



a religious festival or celebration, esp on a saint's day
a holiday or carnival

Word Origin for fiesta

Spanish, from Latin festa, plural of festum festival; see feast
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Word Origin and History for fiesta

1844, Spanish, literally "feast" (see feast (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper