Definition of festive in English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘Surely this kind of mathematics has to have an impact on our purchases this festive season.’
    • ‘A Christmas tree has been erected every year on the Square for the festive season.’
    • ‘The final act of Christmas, it marks the end of the festive season, I guess.’
    • ‘Many of us are no longer celebrating the birth of Christ over the festive season.’
    • ‘As the New Year opens up before us, locals are shaking off the cobwebs of the festive season.’
    • ‘That's a sure sign that the festive season is less than two months away.’
    • ‘Officers believe the mild weather over the festive season helped keep the number of road casualties down.’
    • ‘Merry Christmas to you all and all the best for a fantastic festive season with friends and loved ones!’
    • ‘I was really looking forward to having a break over 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.’
    • ‘The York animal home is now closed until the new year and no animals will be re-homed during the festive season.’
    • ‘The district carol service and our own Marks and Spencer at Christmas remind us the festive season is nearly here.’
    • ‘Since we neared the festive season of Christmas parties have been going on nonstop.’
    • ‘Yes we are going to Mexico for two whole weeks over the festive season.’
    • ‘His coachbuilder father, who was born during the festive season, was called Christmas.’
    • ‘One of the great traditions of the festive season in the UK is the Christmas pantomime.’
    • ‘Thieves are also looking out for Christmas treats and could ruin the festive season for many.’
    • ‘The day before Christmas Eve my washer/dryer decided to take the festive season off.’
    • ‘Local pubs and clubs are doing their bit to keep their people safe on the roads during the festive season.’
    1. 1.1 Cheerful and jovially celebratory.
      ‘the somber atmosphere has given way to a festive mood’
      • ‘The festive mood can lead to all kinds of things, even with people you've only just met.’
      • ‘The Balls Pond Road was in seasonal festive mood with lights flashing red, green and amber.’
      • ‘Peter, always in a festive mood, bounded up to Elizabeth with an extra piece of holly from the pews in his hand.’
      • ‘I am not proposing we hold back on the festive celebrations, far from it!’
      • ‘Guests were treated to excellent food and drinks which left them in a festive and generous mood.’
      • ‘It opens with the flute and snare drums joined then by the trumpet in a festive mood.’
      • ‘Indeed, to celebrate harvest home a festive crowdie could be made with cream and sugar.’
      • ‘The hall was especially decorated in festive mood and the crystal ball was working again.’
      • ‘A Christmas birthday also means a birthday party amalgamated with the festive celebrations.’
      • ‘The Len Hunchak Trio plays carols at Clearspring Centre to help create a festive mood.’
      • ‘As for the exercise of plucking flowers, the women labourers go about the job in a festive mood.’
      • ‘Not only was this a festive celebration, but I wanted so desperately to impress Zeek.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, for Kate Wilkie it will be the first time she will be able to enjoy a festive celebration in four years.’
      • ‘So the landlord and landlady took a week's break after a seemingly convivial festive period.’
      • ‘Later in the season we hope to celebrate our 60th birthday in appropriately festive style.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The goal of a holiday party is to put everyone in a festive mood and set the tone for the coming year.’
      • ‘His daughters suggested he starts celebrating by decking his house out in festive lights.’
      • ‘The clock ticks ever nearer to Christmas, and I am edging into a festive mood.’
      jolly, merry, joyous, joyful, happy, jovial, light-hearted, cheerful, cheery, jubilant, convivial, good-time, high-spirited, gleeful, mirthful, uproarious, rollicking, backslapping, hilarious
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Mid 17th century: from Latin festivus, from festum, (plural) festa ‘feast’.