fete meaning


fete meaning A fete is a party, often one thrown in someone’s honor. You’ll find fête used as both a verb and a noun. If you want to fête someone, throw them a fête.

Fête is a word taken directly from French. In fact, sometimes in English you’ll see a circumflex accent over the first “e” in fête. This makes it especially easy to remember, because this accent looks almost like a party hat.

Definitions of fete
  1. noun

    an elaborate party (often outdoors)

    feast, fiesta

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    an elaborate Hawaiian feast or party (especially one accompanied by traditional foods and entertainment)

    a ceremonial feast held by some Indians of the northwestern coast of North America (as in celebrating a marriage or a new accession) in which the host gives gifts to tribesmen and others to display his superior wealth (sometimes, formerly, to his own impoverishment)

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    an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment
  2. noun

    an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place)


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    a festival marked by merrymaking and processions
    Bacchanalia, Dionysia

    an orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus (= Bacchus)

    any of several annual Welsh festivals involving artistic competitions (especially in singing)
    film festival

    a cinematic festival that features films (usually films produced during the past year)
    jazz festival

    a festival that features performances by jazz artists
    Kwanza, Kwanzaa

    a festival featuring African-American culture; celebrated between Christmas and New Year

    an autumn festival that involves merrymaking and drinking beer

    an orgiastic festival in ancient Rome in honor of Saturn

    a festival held at the time sheep are normally sheared
    Royal National Eisteddfod

    an eisteddfod with competitions in music and drama and poetry and the fine arts
    Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras

    a carnival held in some countries on Shrove Tuesday (the last day before Lent) but especially in New Orleans

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    celebration, festivity

    any joyous diversion
  3. verb

    have a celebration

    “They were
    feting the patriarch of the family”


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    celebrate a jubilee
    jollify, make happy, make merry, make whoopie, racket, revel, wassail, whoop it up

    celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; engage in uproarious festivities

    have or participate in a party

    have or give a reception

    participate in an all-night techno dance party
    carouse, riot, roister

    engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking

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    get together, meet

    get together socially or for a specific purpose
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