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Definition of festival noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1 a series of performances of music, plays, movies, etc., usually organized in the same place once a year; a series of public events connected with a particular activity or idea the Ravinia Festival the Cannes film festival a beer festival a rock festival (= where bands perform, often outdoors and over a period of several days)
  2. 2a day or period of the year when people stop working to celebrate a special event, often a religious one see also harvest festival
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