Definition of Festschrift in English:

Festschrift

(also festschrift)

noun

  • A collection of writings published in honor of a scholar.

    • ‘The first issue was subtitled ‘A Festschrift in Honor of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions.’’
    • ‘John Beattie, the pre-eminent historian of English crime and punishment, has already been honoured with an excellent Festschrift.’
    • ‘Family Therapy around the World: A Festschrift for Florence W. Kaslow is a wonderful tribute to and legacy of an amazing, seemingly ubiquitous woman.’
    • ‘As Benjamin Britten remarked in a Festschrift published on Michael Tippett's sixtieth birthday, the birthday boy can feel that he is ‘already dead and that the musicologists are busy on the corpse’.’
    • ‘It was the custom in Europe for a great professor to be presented with a Festschrift filled with writings by his students and admirers.’
    • ‘The majority of musical Festschriften (the Festschrift is not, of course, exclusively a musical phenomenon) contain essays written for an influential individual - often a scholar, composer, or performer - by friends and pupils.’
    • ‘He has been the recipient of three Festschriften (for his sixtieth, seventieth and eightieth birthdays) and a special edition of the Journal of Modern History.’
    • ‘This special issue of the Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology comprises a Festschrift, summarizing those proceedings, in honour of Herr Professor Doctor Brooks.’
    • ‘I can't finish without a public ‘thank you’ to Jim for all his efforts at the time of my retirement: editorship of Archaeology of Eastern North America, my own Festschrift.’
    • ‘The documentary section is dominated by a complete translation of the 1912 Festschrift, the first discrete publication devoted to Schoenberg.’
    • ‘His most important work is a Festschrift for Weierstrass's 70th birthday.’
    • ‘Recently he has been honored by a Festschrift titled A God So Near, assembled by his former students, with contributions representative of the best scholarship by colleagues of his generation.’
    • ‘A Festschrift in celebration of his sixtieth birthday was recently published.’
    • ‘This is a superior Festschrift, filled with fresh ideas, and eminently well deserved.’
    • ‘The remaining essays, despite the editors' protestations that this volume is more thematically coherent than the typical Festschrift, are something of a grab bag.’
    • ‘This Festschrift set a challenging goal before its contributors: to see how artifacts aid in interpreting texts, and texts artifacts.’
    • ‘Königsberger is also famed for his biography of Helmholtz and his biographical Festschrift for Jacobi.’
    • ‘If an American New Testament scholar ever deserved a Festschrift, Frederick Danker would stand close to the top of the list.’
    • ‘This book is intended to be both a Festschrift prepared by former students of Father O'Malley and a textbook for university courses dealing with sixteenth- and seventeenth-century European history.’
    • ‘Many aspects of his prodigious career are treated in the tributes offered by his friends, fans and collaborators for this Festschrift assembled to honour his 70th year.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from German, from Fest ‘celebration’ + Schrift ‘writing’.

Pronunciation

Festschrift

/ˈfɛs(t)ˌʃrɪft//ˈfes(t)ˌSHrift/