Feste

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See also: feste and festë

German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɛstə/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: Fes‧te
  • Homophone: feste

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle High German veste, from Old High German festī. Equivalent to fest (fast, secure) +‎ -e (-th, -ness), compare similar English fastness.

Noun[edit]

Feste f (genitive Feste, plural Festen)

  1. (historical) stronghold, fortress, fortified castle
    Synonyms: Burg, Festung
  2. (figuratively, chiefly in the plural) foundation, stronghold
    Das organisierte Verbrechen bedroht den Rechtsstaat bis in die Festen.
    Organised crime is a threat to the very foundations of the rule of law.
  3. (figuratively, archaic, poetic) firmament (the sky conceived as a dome)
    Synonyms: Firmament, Himmelsgewölbe, Himmelszelt
Alternative forms[edit]
  • Veste (now only in the literal sense)
Declension[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

Feste

  1. nominative/accusative/genitive plural of Fest

Further reading[edit]

  • Feste” in Duden online