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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FESTIVE

New bonnets had been specially prepared for this festive occasion.

Tama keeps the guard and seals to wear on festive occasions.

Here am I in festive array, and no man can be more ready for the promised banquet.

These the captain decided should be placed in the center of the festive board.

Only, a fellow never can tell where he stands with most of these festive dames.

He ought to be dead, don't you know, after such a festive experiment.

He was a festive soul, I believe, but he stuck to her grim and hard.

The next afternoon, the cabin section of the Cabaal was in festive mood.

The ground of her opposition was that I plied the festive pipe.

Land of the mañana, the festive frijole, the never-chilly chili.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, "pertaining to a feast," from Latin festivus "festive, joyous, gay," from festum "festival, holiday," noun use of neuter of adjective festus (see feast (n.)).

Meaning "mirthful" is attested by 1774. Unattested from 1651 to 1735; modern use may be a back-formation from festivity. Related: Festively; festiveness.

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