Definition of festive in English:

festive

adjective

  • 1Relating to a festival.

    ‘parties are held and festive food is served’
    • ‘Buying presents for other people is generally considered the biggest hurdle of the festive season.’
    • ‘I was really looking forward to having a break over the festive season.’
    • ‘Many of us are no longer celebrating the birth of Christ over the festive season.’
    • ‘The day before Christmas Eve my washer/dryer decided to take the festive season off.’
    • ‘Officers believe the mild weather over the festive season helped keep the number of road casualties down.’
    • ‘Since we neared the festive season of Christmas parties have been going on nonstop.’
    • ‘The York animal home is now closed until the new year and no animals will be re-homed during the festive season.’
    • ‘Surely this kind of mathematics has to have an impact on our purchases this festive season.’
    • ‘As the New Year opens up before us, locals are shaking off the cobwebs of the festive season.’
    • ‘His coachbuilder father, who was born during the festive season, was called Christmas.’
    • ‘The district carol service and our own Marks and Spencer at Christmas remind us the festive season is nearly here.’
    • ‘Merry Christmas to you all and all the best for a fantastic festive season with friends and loved ones!’
    • ‘That's a sure sign that the festive season is less than two months away.’
    • ‘Thieves are also looking out for Christmas treats and could ruin the festive season for many.’
    • ‘The final act of Christmas, it marks the end of the festive season, I guess.’
    • ‘A Christmas tree has been erected every year on the Square for the festive season.’
    • ‘Yes we are going to Mexico for two whole weeks over the festive season.’
    • ‘One of the great traditions of the festive season in the UK is the Christmas pantomime.’
    • ‘Local pubs and clubs are doing their bit to keep their people safe on the roads during the festive season.’
    • ‘It is aimed at giving the homeless a roof over their heads during the festive season, as well as hot food and a place to sleep.’
    1. 1.1Cheerful and jovially celebratory.
      ‘the somber atmosphere has given way to a festive mood’
      • ‘His daughters suggested he starts celebrating by decking his house out in festive lights.’
      • ‘So the landlord and landlady took a week's break after a seemingly convivial festive period.’
      • ‘However, for Kate Wilkie it will be the first time she will be able to enjoy a festive celebration in four years.’
      • ‘The Balls Pond Road was in seasonal festive mood with lights flashing red, green and amber.’
      • ‘I don't really feel in a festive mood, yet but I'm sure that will creep up on me once I leave the office.’
      • ‘I am not proposing we hold back on the festive celebrations, far from it!’
      • ‘Indeed, to celebrate harvest home a festive crowdie could be made with cream and sugar.’
      • ‘Guests were treated to excellent food and drinks which left them in a festive and generous mood.’
      • ‘Later in the season we hope to celebrate our 60th birthday in appropriately festive style.’
      • ‘As for the exercise of plucking flowers, the women labourers go about the job in a festive mood.’
      • ‘The hall was especially decorated in festive mood and the crystal ball was working again.’
      • ‘It opens with the flute and snare drums joined then by the trumpet in a festive mood.’
      • ‘The clock ticks ever nearer to Christmas, and I am edging into a festive mood.’
      • ‘A Christmas birthday also means a birthday party amalgamated with the festive celebrations.’
      • ‘Peter, always in a festive mood, bounded up to Elizabeth with an extra piece of holly from the pews in his hand.’
      • ‘The goal of a holiday party is to put everyone in a festive mood and set the tone for the coming year.’
      • ‘Not only was this a festive celebration, but I wanted so desperately to impress Zeek.’
      • ‘The Len Hunchak Trio plays carols at Clearspring Centre to help create a festive mood.’
      • ‘The festive mood can lead to all kinds of things, even with people you've only just met.’
      • ‘Hovingham is just right for a festive frolic or for a rural recovery from over-indulgence.’
      • ‘York Station was busy as the rail companies kept passengers on the move to their festive celebrations.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin festivus, from festum, (plural) festa feast.

Pronunciation:

festive

/ˈfestiv/