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Monday, December 03, 2018

Definitions for beanfeast

  1. Chiefly British Slang. (formerly) an annual dinner or party given by an employer for employees.
  2. Chiefly British Slang. a celebration or festive occasion, especially when a meal is provided.

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Citations for beanfeast
In August the annual outing, or, as it was called, the bean-feast, at the works took place. G. A. Henty, Sturdy and Strong, 1888
Why do we come? ... Simply from the primordial love of a bean-feast! W. W. Blair-Fish, "Because We Are Conventional," The Rotarian, June 1930
Origin of beanfeast
Beanfeast is a perfectly ordinary compound of the humble bean and feast. A beanfeast was originally an annual dinner given by employers for their employees, but the word acquired the sense “festive occasion” by the end of the 19th century. Beanfeast entered English in the early 19th century.