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Because I've a track record of talking about books I never write, in Australia they think I'm about to write a book about Jane Austen. Something I said at some festival.
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Meaning of "festival" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD FESTIVAL

From Church Latin fēstivālis of a feast, from Latin festīvusfestive.
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PRONUNCIATION OF FESTIVAL

festival  [ˈfɛstɪvəl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF FESTIVAL

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Festival is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES FESTIVAL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

festival

Festival

A festival or gala is an event ordinarily staged by a community, centering on and celebrating some unique aspect of that community and its traditions, often marked as a local or national holiday, mela or eid. Festivals often serve to meet specific purposes, especially in regard to commemoration and/or thanksgiving. They are associated with celebration and may also provide entertainment, which was particularly important to local communities before the advent of mass-produced entertainment. These celebrations offered a sense of belonging for religious, social, or geographical groups. Festivals that focus on cultural or specifically ethnic topics also seek to inform members of their traditions and the involvement of community elders sharing stories and experience provides a means for unity among families. A festival is a special occasion of feasting or celebration, usually with a religious focus. Aside from religion, and sometimes folklore, another significant origin is agricultural. Food is so vital that many festivals are associated with harvest time.

Definition of festival in the English dictionary

The first definition of festival in the dictionary is a day or period set aside for celebration or feasting, esp one of religious significance. Other definition of festival is any occasion for celebration, esp one which commemorates an anniversary or other significant event. Festival is also an organized series of special events and performances, usually in one place.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH FESTIVAL


archrival
ˌɑːtʃˈraɪvəl
arrival
əˈraɪvəl
aval
ˈeɪvəl
carnival
ˈkɑːnɪvəl
cavel
ˈkeɪvəl
civil
ˈsɪvəl
drivel
ˈdrɪvəl
estival
iːˈstaɪvəl
favel
ˈfeɪvəl
frivol
ˈfrɪvəl
gingival
ˈdʒɪndʒɪvəl
naval
ˈneɪvəl
navel
ˈneɪvəl
Perceval
ˈpɜːsɪvəl
Percival
ˈpɜːsɪvəl
perspectival
pəˈspɛktɪvəl
revival
rɪˈvaɪvəl
rival
ˈraɪvəl
survival
səˈvaɪvəl
swivel
ˈswɪvəl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE FESTIVAL

fest
festa
festal
festally
fester
festilogy
festina lente
festinate
festinately
festination
Festival Hall
Festival of Lanterns
festivalgoer
festive
festive season
festively
festiveness
festivities
festivity
festivous

WORDS THAT END LIKE FESTIVAL

ablatival
accusatival
adjectival
aestival
agentival
archival
datival
diminutival
Edinburgh Festival
film festival
fringe festival
genitival
harvest festival
imperatival
infinitival
music festival
nominatival
objectival
relatival
Spring Festival
substantival

Synonyms and antonyms of festival in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «FESTIVAL»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «festival» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of festival

Translation of «festival» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF FESTIVAL

Find out the translation of festival to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of festival from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «festival» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

节日
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

festival
570 millions of speakers

English

festival
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

त्योहार
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مِهْرَجَان
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

празднество
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

festival
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

উৎসব
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

festival
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Perayaan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Festspiele
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

フェスティバル
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

축제
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Festival
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

lễ hội
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

திருவிழா
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

उत्सव
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

festival
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

festival
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

festiwal
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

фестиваль
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

festival
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

φεστιβάλ
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

fees
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

festival
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

festival
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of festival

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «FESTIVAL»

The term «festival» is very widely used and occupies the 1.864 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «FESTIVAL» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «festival» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «festival» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about festival

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10 QUOTES WITH «FESTIVAL»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word festival.
1
Afrojack
Holland is a really small country, but with a very strong club and festival scene. Dance music has been huge in Holland since the late eighties. So there were a lot of opportunities for producers and DJs to release records and play live.
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Mohammad Hamid Ansari
I extend my greetings and good wishes to all our citizens on the joyous occasion of Deepawali. The festival of lights, celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm all over the country, signifies the victory of good over evil and is an appropriate occasion for us to resolve to follow the high ideals in life.
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Tom Araya
To fans in a festival setting it's like a picnic. You want to have a good time with your friends in that crowd. And in the background you hear the band play, 'Oh, that's my favorite song!' everyone is there to enjoy the afternoon and that's about it.
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Nina Arianda
When I was 3, I recited a poem at a festival in Passaic, New Jersey. The applause was tremendous, and it hit me that I could affect people positively by performing.
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Kate Atkinson
Because I've a track record of talking about books I never write, in Australia they think I'm about to write a book about Jane Austen. Something I said at some festival.
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Katy B
When I do a festival, I want everyone to have a party, I think it is kind of similar to a club where everyone is there to have a good time and celebrate not being at work or just being able to have fun. I love people dancing to my music as well; if I can make them dance I feel happy.
7
Jean Baudrillard
There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world.
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Joshua Bell
I love the outdoor festival feeling.
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Nikki Blonsky
Michael Clarke Duncan and I met at a music festival that was honoring films, and we happened to be seated next to each other at the dinner, and we just hit it off and kept in touch ever since. He was just the gentle giant in real life like you would have expected him to be.
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Laurent Brancowitz
When people say 'stadium songs,' it's really negative. All the festival headliners, I've realised, are usually the worst bands.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «FESTIVAL»

Discover the use of festival in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to festival and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Festival
Leaving behind a broken engagement in New Orleans, Catherine Morgan journeys to Scotland, where she encounters James Cameron, whose family had died under suspicious circumstances, and is swept back in time, into the life of a twelfth ...
Victoria Barrett, 1997
2
A Festival of Violence: An Analysis of Southern Lynchings, ...
This book tests explanations of the causes of lynching, using US Census and historical voting data and a newly constructed inventory of southern lynch victims.
Stewart Emory Tolnay, 1995
3
Apartheid's Festival: Contesting South Africa's National Pasts
Apartheid's Festival highlights the conflicts and debates that surrounded the 1952 celebration of the 300th anniversary of the landing of Jan Van Riebeeck and the founding of Cape Town, South Africa.
Leslie Witz, 2003
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The Akitu Festival: Religious Continuity and Royal ...
Using tools of social anthropology and ritual analysis, this book presents a detailed reconstruction of the festival events and its attendant rituals to demonstrate how the akitu festival became a propagandistic tool wielded by the monarchy ...
Julye Bidmead, 2004
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The Michigan Womyn's Music Festival: An Amazon Matrix of Meaning
This book is a five-year ethnographic study of the lesbian culture built at the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival.
Laurie J. Kendall, Ph. D. Laurie J. Kendall, 2008
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The Ghost Festival in Medieval China
Teiser uncovers a wide range of sources, many translated or analyzed for the first time in any language, to demonstrate how the symbolism, rituals, and mythology of the ghost festival pervaded the social landscape of medieval China".Teiser ...
Stephen F. Teiser, 1996
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Cut and Make Festival Masks from India: 6 Full-Color Designs
A demon mask worn by dancers of Himachal Pradesh; a Ravana (demon) mask worn in northern India; a brightly decorated Kathakali dancer's mask from Kerala; a Narasimha mask from Orissa; and two others. 6 full-color masks on 6 plates.
R. M. Lehri, 2001
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Muḥammad's Birthday Festival: Early History in the Central ...
Sketches the early history of the birthday festival of the Prophet Muh ammad in the Middle East and its dissemination in the Western part of the Muslim world until the 10/16th century.
N. J. G. Kaptein, 1993
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Successful Secrets of Festival, Concert and Special Event ...
The Ultimate step-by-step guide to concert, festival and special event production.
N. Skye McCloud, 2010
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Festival of Freedom: Essays on Pesah and the Haggadah
Festival of Freedom, the sixth volume in the series MeOtzar HoRav, consists of ten essays on Passover and the Haggadah drawn from the treasure trove left by the late Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, widely known as "the Rav.
Joseph Dov Soloveitchik, Joel B. Wolowelsky, Reuven Ziegler, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «FESTIVAL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term festival is used in the context of the following news items.
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Global Citizen Festival Aims To Raise Global Poverty Awareness …
Central Park will again play host to the Global Citizen Festival this September, welcoming some of music's biggest acts to the stage while ... «Forbes, Jul 15»
2
Hanover Tomato Festival, Latin & Salsa Jazz Festival, Pet Expo and …
Stock up on your favorite tomatoes at the annual Hanover Tomato Festival, it's Saturday, July 11 from 9am – 4pm at Pole Green Park in ... «wtvr.com, Jul 15»
3
Tomorrow: Atlanta Street Food Festival rolls into Piedmont Park …
Food truck fans will have a day to explore the best in mobile cuisine at the fourth annual Atlanta Street Food Festival. More than 50 trucks, ... «Atlanta Journal Constitution, Jul 15»
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Confederate flag still present in Fremont festival | Local News …
This weekend in Fremont, all sorts of flags are on display at an annual festival. Organizers say it's not about controversy, it's about education. «KETV Omaha, Jul 15»
5
Levine Withdraws From Verbier Festival - The New York Times
“I am distraught and frustrated beyond words that I cannot come back this summer to the Verbier Festival, but my doctors have forbidden me to ... «New York Times, Jul 15»
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Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, more to headline Billboard's first music …
Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and Skrillex are set to headline Billboard's first-ever music festival, the Billboard Hot 100 ... «Entertainment Weekly, Jul 15»
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Highly-Touted 2015 NiFi Festival Canceled - Taste of Country
The festival was to have taken place at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky. from Aug. 28-30, featuring an impressive lineup of acts from ... «Taste of Country, Jul 15»
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Behavior mostly good on first day of All Good Music Festival - Herald …
Festival goers enter the 18th anuual All Good Music Festival and Camp Out Thursday evening on Berry Hill Farm Lane in Summit Point WV. «Herald-Mail Media, Jul 15»
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North Ridgeville Corn Festival includes fireworks, car show …
NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio – The countdown to the annual North Ridgeville Corn Festival is underway. The free event takes place Aug. 7-9 on ... «cleveland.com, Jul 15»
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Jerusalem Film Festival Opens With 'Amy,' 'Jeruzalem' and 'Tikkun …
The curtain rose Thursday night on the 32nd Jerusalem Film Festival, one of the most prestigious stages for Israeli filmmaking and a fest whose ... «Variety, Jul 15»

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