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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: festivus, from festum 'ceremony of celebration'


1 looking or feeling bright and cheerful in a way that seems suitable for celebrating something:
The atmosphere was festive and jolly.
John was obviously in a festive mood.

festive occasion

a day when you celebrate something special such as a birthday

the festive season/period/holiday

RRC the period around Christmas
4 [only before noun] relating to Christmas:
festive gifts

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