Definition of festivity in English:

festivity

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The celebration of something in a joyful and exuberant way.

    ‘a time of great rejoicing and festivity’
    • ‘This occasion is celebrated with much festivity - dancing, eating, and drinking.’
    • ‘This year I'm getting three times as much festivity by celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving, US Thanksgiving and Christmas.’
    • ‘In an age when every moment of festivity is celebrated only by being swallowed by the endless advertising of Multi-National Corporations, it's easy to forget what life truly is about.’
    • ‘This most important fundraising event in aid of the Helvick Head Lifeboat, has become a day of festivity and celebration for people of all ages, and was recently featured in the TG4 TV programme Abair Amhran.’
    • ‘The bunting still flying after the Tinnahinch v Castletown for the county final gave the village an atmosphere of festivity with plenty to celebrate.’
    • ‘The festivity of the season brought joy to Sheenara.’
    • ‘The annual Killybegs Festival was an extravaganza of display and festivity to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Killybegs Fishermen's Organisation.’
    • ‘It defies the cold grip of the season by indulging in festivity.’
    • ‘Come December and the shops get ready for the season and an air of festivity is all around.’
    • ‘At our Queen's golden jubilee nothing was done; no decorations or any public festivity by the council to celebrate what was a great achievement.’
    • ‘Over the years, other temples in the city too have begun celebrating Pongala in varying degrees of festivity and all of them have turned out to be occasions exclusively for women.’
    • ‘The treasure of the piece has to be Donner and Blitzen, an archetypal Christmas track complete with sleighbells; full of enough good will to summon up the spirit of festivity in May.’
    • ‘It is planned over a period of 6 months, and culminates in weekend of celebration and splendid festivity.’
    • ‘Beyond the night itself they have made tremendous efforts to maintain a sense of festivity with their Winter Festival programmes of mulled wine and international market stalls.’
    • ‘For the harvester living and working where the land is not that fertile, ‘there is a feeling of festivity at the start of every harvest season’.’
    • ‘It is the season for festivity, and Carnatica has learnt from past experience that many youngsters are keen to devote time to learn a song that can come in handy for a community performance.’
    • ‘The newspaper warned its readers not ‘to wink at such excesses, merely because they occur at a season of festivity.’’
    • ‘The New Year celebrations go on for longer, meaning that Scots tend to think of the period as a single time of celebration and festivity.’
    • ‘Even though the appearance put in by the celebrity was all too brief (her name did not figure in the invitation card), the dose of glamour proved to be just the kind of kick start desired by the organisers, in this season of festivity.’
    • ‘Carnival, an important festival that precedes Lent, is celebrated with much festivity.’
    jollity, jolliness, merriment, gaiety, cheerfulness, cheeriness, cheer, joyfulness, euphoria, jubilance, conviviality, gleefulness, glee, high spirits, jocularity, revelry
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    1. 1.1Activities or events celebrating a special occasion.
      ‘the traditional Christmas and New Year festivities’
      • ‘The town came alive as hundreds of people joined in the festivities.’
      • ‘To round out the festivities, we sampled the amatriciana sauce on penne noodles.’
      • ‘Most of the galas, processions and other festivities had been held in pouring rain.’
      • ‘Carnival festivities will arrive in one town a month earlier than usual, in a bid to involve more people.’
      • ‘It was a most enjoyable social occasion and the festivities went on throughout the weekend.’
      • ‘Plans are being developed for the inaugural festivities to celebrate the history and spirit of Keighley.’
      • ‘The atmosphere was electric and it was obvious that the crowd were enjoying the festivities.’
      • ‘Throughout the year, events and festivities will celebrate the way the sea touches our lives.’
      • ‘The best celebrations mix cultural meaning and reflection in with the festivities.’
      • ‘Five days of festivities helped a couple from Southwick mark 50 years of marriage.’
      • ‘Come along and enjoy a good night's dancing and start the Christmas festivities early.’
      • ‘The festivities are due to continue on Saturday as the town celebrates its Scuttlebrook Wake.’
      • ‘Visit his site for more news about his return and the festivities to welcome him home.’
      • ‘Everyone is invited to attend the event, which is set to get the festivities off to a good start.’
      • ‘Three events will provide the focus for the festivities, each presenting its own set of challenges.’
      • ‘Two weeks of festivities are set to begin in Haworth to celebrate a movement to promote fairly traded goods.’
      • ‘However, they soon saw things our way, and decided to join in the festivities themselves.’
      • ‘Dovercourt was packed on Friday night as shoppers gathered for the annual festivities.’
      • ‘This event brought a week of festivities to a close for the Mayo and Galway groups involved.’
      • ‘The festivities began on Monday last with a morning phairian or religious procession.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French festivite or Latin festivitas, from festivus festive, from festum, (plural) festa feast.

Pronunciation:

festivity

/fɛˈstɪvɪti/