Definition of feast noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fiːst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fiːst//
    Types of meal
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  1. 1a large or special meal, especially for a lot of people and to celebrate something a wedding feast See related entries: Types of meal
  2. 2a day or period of time when there is a religious festival the feast of Christmas a feast day
  3. 3[usually singular] a thing or an event that brings great pleasure a feast of colours The evening was a real feast for music lovers.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French feste (noun), fester (verb), from Latin festa, neuter plural of festus ‘joyous’. Compare with fete and fiesta.Extra examples The migrating salmon provide a delicious feast for the brown bear. The women were busy preparing the wedding feast. Villagers used to hold a great feast at harvest time. a feast of Spanish food and wine a veritable feast of music on the feast of St John The wedding feast traditionally lasts three days.
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