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Friday, July 14, 2017

Definitions for fete

  1. a festive celebration or entertainment: The ball was the greatest fete of the season.
  2. a day of celebration; holiday: The Fourth of July is a great American fete.
  3. a religious feast or festival: a fete lasting several days in honor of a saint.

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Citations for fete
" ... I've been so bored. Well, never mind," she brightened suddenly; "the fete will be a little excitement. I am looking forward to that. Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey, The Lady of the Basement Flat, 1917
The fete was magnificent. They kept it up the whole night long, and I never enjoyed myself better than I did while it lasted. Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad, 1869
Origin of fete
English fete comes from French fête, which comes from Old French feste “feast.” The Old French form makes obvious the connection with Spanish fiesta and Italian festa. The Romance forms come from Latin festum (plural festa) “holiday, festival, feast.” Latin festum is related to the Latin noun fēriae (Old Latin fēsiae) “days of rest, holidays,” from which comes the English noun fair (an exposition, as of livestock; an exhibition or sale of items for charity, as at a church). Fete entered English in the mid-18th century.