WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
feast /fist/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. any rich or large meal.
  2. something highly agreeable or satisfying:a feast for the eyes.
  3. ReligionAlso,  ˈfeast ˌday. a celebration or time of celebration, usually of a religious nature, in honor of an event, person, etc.

  1. to take part in a feast;
    eat a large or lavish meal:[no object]They feasted for days when the war was over.
  2. to provide or entertain with a feast, so as to show honor to:[+ object]They feasted the victorious team.
  1. Idiomsfeast one's eyes on, [ + obj] to look at with great pleasure.

feast•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
feast  (fēst),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. any rich or abundant meal:The steak dinner was a feast.
  2. a sumptuous entertainment or meal for many guests:a wedding feast.
  3. something highly agreeable:The Rembrandt exhibition was a feast for the eyes.
  4. Religiona periodical celebration or time of celebration, usually of a religious nature, commemorating an event, person, etc.:Every year, in September, the townspeople have a feast in honor of their patron saint.

  1. to have or partake of a feast;
    eat sumptuously.
  2. to dwell with gratification or delight, as on a picture or view.

  1. to provide or entertain with a feast.
  2. Idiomsfeast one's eyes, to gaze with great joy, admiration, or relish:to feast one's eyes on the Grand Canyon.
feaster, n. 
feastless, adj. 
  • Latin fēsta, neuter plural (taken as feminine singular noun, nominal) of fēstus festal, festive, equivalent. to fēs- (akin to fair2) + -tus adjective, adjectival suffix
  • Old French
  • Middle English feste 1150–1200
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Feast, banquet imply large social events, with an abundance of food. A
      feast is a meal with a plenteous supply of food and drink for a large company:to provide a feast for all company employees.A
      banquet is an elaborate feast for a formal and ceremonious occasion:the main speaker at a banquet.

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feast /fiːst/ n
  1. a large and sumptuous meal, usually given as an entertainment for several people
  2. a periodic religious celebration
  3. something extremely pleasing or sumptuous: a feast for the eyes
  4. movable feasta festival or other event of variable date
  1. (intransitive) to eat a feast
  2. (usually followed by on) to enjoy the eating (of), as if feasting: to feast on cakes
  3. (transitive) to give a feast to
  4. (intransitive) followed by on: to take great delight (in): to feast on beautiful paintings
  5. (transitive) to regale or delight: to feast one's mind or one's eyes
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French feste, from Latin festa, neuter plural (later assumed to be feminine singular) of festus joyful; related to Latin fānum temple, fēriae festivals

ˈfeaster n

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