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[fee-es-tuh; Spanish fyes-tah]
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noun, plural fi·es·tas [fee-es-tuh z; 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.
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Origin of fiesta

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

  • Mayhap it was as well for Carlos that the sports were now ended, and the fiesta about to close.

    The White Chief

    Mayne Reid

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for fiesta


  1. a religious festival or celebration, esp on a saint's day
  2. a holiday or carnival
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Word Origin

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.)).

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