Pronunciation: (fes'tu-vul), [key]
1. a day or time of religious or other celebration, marked by feasting, ceremonies, or other observances: the festival of Christmas; a Roman festival.
2. a periodic commemoration, anniversary, or celebration: an annual strawberry festival.
3. a period or program of festive activities, cultural events, or entertainment: a music festival.
4. gaiety; revelry; merrymaking.
festal: a festival atmosphere of unrestrained joy.
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