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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Definitions for festschrift

  1. (often initial capital letter) a volume of articles, essays, etc., contributed by many authors in honor of a colleague, usually published on the occasion of retirement, an important anniversary, or the like.

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Citations for festschrift
... I have been fortunate to be able to draw on the insights of many others who also benefited from associations with him--particularly my fellow contributors to the festschrift published in his honor last year ... John P. Holdren, "Harrison Brown 1917–1986," Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, March 1987
[Would I have t]old him no, even though I knew that my paper would be included in a festschrift for a well-known historian and would advance my career? Gail Godwin, A Southern Family, 1987
Origin of festschrift
Festschrift is a common word in American and British academic institutions. A British or American festschrift will typically read “Essays for N.N.” or “A Festschrift in Honor of N.N.” The meaning of the German noun Fest is obvious enough; schrift derives from the verb schreiben meaning “to write,” an early borrowing from Latin scrībere meaning “to write,” from which English derives the verb shrive and the noun shrift. The word entered English in the late 1800s.