Definitions for: Feast

[n] something experienced with great delight; "a feast for the eyes"
[n] an elaborate party (often outdoors)
[n] a meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed; "a banquet for the graduating seniors"; "the Thanksgiving feast"
[n] a ceremonial dinner party for many people
[v] gratify; "feed one's eye on a gorgeous view"
[v] partake in a feast or banquet
[v] provide a feast or banquet for

Webster (1913) Definition: Feast (f[=e]st), n. [OE. feste festival, holiday, feast,
OF. feste festival, F. f[^e]te, fr. L. festum, pl. festa, fr.
festus joyful, festal; of uncertain origin. Cf. Fair, n.,
Festal, F[^e]te.]
1. A festival; a holiday; a solemn, or more commonly, a
joyous, anniversary.

The seventh day shall be a feast to the Lord. --Ex.
xiii. 6.

Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the
feast of the passover. --Luke ii. 41.

Note: Ecclesiastical fasts are called immovable when they
always occur on the same day of the year; otherwise
they are called movable.

2. A festive or joyous meal; a grand, ceremonious, or
sumptuous entertainment, of which many guests partake; a
banquet characterized by tempting variety and abundance of

Enough is as good as a feast. --Old Proverb.

Belshazzar the King made a great feast to a thousand
of his lords. --Dan. v. 1.

3. That which is partaken of, or shared in, with delight;
something highly agreeable; entertainment.

The feast of reason, and the flow of soul. --Pope.

Feast day, a holiday; a day set as a solemn commemo?ative

Syn: Entertainment; regale; banquet; treat; carousal;
festivity; festival.

Usage: Feast, Banquet, Festival, Carousal. A feast
sets before us viands superior in quantity, variety,
and abudance; a banquet is a luxurious feast; a
festival is the joyful celebration by good cheer of
some agreeable event. Carousal is unrestrained
indulgence in frolic and drink.

Feast, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Feasted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Feasting.] [OE. festen, cf. OF. fester to rest from work,
F. f[^e]ter to celebrate a holiday. See Feast, n.]
1. To eat sumptuously; to dine or sup on rich provisions,
particularly in large companies, and on public festivals.

And his sons went and feasted in their houses.
--Job. i. 4.

2. To be highly gratified or delighted.

With my love's picture then my eye doth feast.

Feast, v. t.
1. To entertain with sumptuous provisions; to treat at the
table bountifully; as, he was feasted by the king.

2. To delight; to gratify; as, to feast the soul.

Feast your ears with the music a while. --Shak.

Synonyms: banquet, banquet, banquet, feed, fete, fiesta, junket

See Also: dinner, dinner party, eat, gaudy, host, meal, party, regale, repast, thing, treat, wine and dine

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