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: ☞ An Ecclesiastical feast is called a immovable feast when it always occurs on the same day of the year; otherwise it is called a movable feast. Easter is a notable movable feast.
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 food.
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 commemorative festival.
Syn: -- Entertainment; regale; banquet; treat; carousal; festivity; festival.
Usage: -- Feast, Banquet, Festival, Carousal. A feast sets before us viands superior in quantity, variety, and abundance; 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.]
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. --Shak.
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.
n 1: a ceremonial dinner party for many people [syn: banquet]
2: something experienced with great delight; "a feast for the
3: a meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed; "a banquet
for the graduating seniors"; "the Thanksgiving feast";
"they put out quite a spread" [syn: banquet, spread]
4: an elaborate party (often outdoors) [syn: fete, fiesta]
v 1: partake in a feast or banquet [syn: banquet, junket]
2: provide a feast or banquet for [syn: banquet, junket]
3: gratify; "feed one's eyes on a gorgeous view" [syn: feed]
as a mark of hospitality (Gen. 19:3; 2 Sam. 3:20; 2 Kings 6:23);
on occasions of domestic joy (Luke 15:23; Gen. 21:8); on
birthdays (Gen. 40:20; Job 1:4; Matt. 14:6); and on the occasion
of a marriage (Judg. 14:10; Gen. 29:22).
Feasting was a part of the observances connected with the
offering up of sacrifices (Deut. 12:6, 7; 1 Sam. 9:19; 16:3, 5),
and with the annual festivals (Deut. 16:11). "It was one of the
designs of the greater solemnities, which required the
attendance of the people at the sacred tent, that the oneness of
the nation might be maintained and cemented together, by
statedly congregating in one place, and with one soul taking
part in the same religious services. But that oneness was
primarily and chiefly a religious and not merely a political
one; the people were not merely to meet as among themselves, but
with Jehovah, and to present themselves before him as one body;
the meeting was in its own nature a binding of themselves in
fellowship with Jehovah; so that it was not politics and
commerce that had here to do, but the soul of the Mosaic
dispensation, the foundation of the religious and political
existence of Israel, the covenant with Jehovah. To keep the
people's consciousness alive to this, to revive, strengthen, and
perpetuate it, nothing could be so well adapated as these annual
feasts." (See FESTIVALS.)