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From French festif, from Latin festivus (“pertaining to a feast, gay, lively, joyous”). Equivalent to feast + -ive.
festive (comparative more festive, superlative most festive)
- Having the atmosphere, decoration, or attitude of a festival, holiday, or celebration.
- The room was decked out in festive streamers, with flowers everywhere.
- In the mood to celebrate.
- Please put the Christmas decorations away, I'm really not in a festive mood.
having the atmosphere, decoration, or attitude of a festival, holiday, or celebration
From fēstīvus (“joyous, festive; pleasing”), from fēstus (“feast-like; festive”).
fēstīvē (not comparable)
- “festive”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- “festive”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- festive in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
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