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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fes-tiv]
    • /ˈfɛs tɪv/
    • /ˈfes.tɪv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fes-tiv]
    • /ˈfɛs tɪv/

Definitions of festive word

  • adjective festive pertaining to or suitable for a feast or festival: festive decorations; a festive meal. 1
  • adjective festive joyous; merry: a festive mood. 1
  • noun festive Of or relating to a festival. 1
  • adjective festive related to celebration 1
  • adjective festive mood: celebratory 1
  • adjective festive Something that is festive is special, colourful, or exciting, especially because of a holiday or celebration. 0

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Origin of festive

First appearance:

before 1645
One of the 44% oldest English words
1645-55; < Latin fēstīvus merry, equivalent to fēst(us) festal + -īvus -ive

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Festive


festive popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

festive usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for festive

adj festive

  • joyous — joyful; happy; jubilant: the joyous sounds of children at play.
  • peppy — energetic; vigorous; lively.
  • hearty — warm-hearted; affectionate; cordial; jovial: a hearty welcome.
  • jovial — endowed with or characterized by a hearty, joyous humor or a spirit of good-fellowship: a wonderfully jovial host.
  • chipper — Chipper means cheerful and lively.

adjective festive

  • celebratory — A celebratory meal, drink, or other activity takes place to celebrate something such as a birthday, anniversary, or victory.
  • cheerful — Someone who is cheerful is happy and shows this in their behaviour.
  • decorated — (often initial capital letter) of pertaining to, or characteristic of the English gothic architecture of the late 13th through the late 14th centuries, characterized by curvilinear tracery, elaborate ornamental sculpture and vaulting, and refinement of stonecutting techniques.

noun festive

  • merrymaking — the act of taking part gaily or enthusiastically in some festive or merry celebration.
  • jollies — in good spirits; lively; merry: In a moment he was as jolly as ever.

Antonyms for festive

adj festive

  • apathetic — If you describe someone as apathetic, you are criticizing them because they do not seem to be interested in or enthusiastic about doing anything.
  • lethargic — of, relating to, or affected with lethargy; drowsy; sluggish; apathetic.
  • sorrowful — full of or feeling sorrow; grieved; sad.
  • upset — to overturn: to upset a pitcher of milk.
  • somber — gloomily dark; shadowy; dimly lighted: a somber passageway.

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