Definition of festive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfestɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfestɪv//
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  1. 1typical of a special event or celebration a festive occasion The whole town is in festive mood.
  2. 2(British English) connected with the period when people celebrate Christmas the festive season/period festive decorations
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin festivus, from festum, (plural) festa ‘feast’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: festive