Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,

Friday word: Fete

A festive word would be fitting to round off the year, and the festive season, I thought :) Wishing everyone here all the best for the coming year!
fete, or fête, n. \ˈfāt, fet\

1 : festival (Class Day, the great fete of the year— Catherine D. Bowen)

2a : a lavish often outdoor entertainment (a fete in the park with music and performances)

b : a large elaborate party (a fete to celebrate the museum's centennial)

fete or fête, v.
feted or fêted; feting or fêting

transitive verb

1 : to honor or commemorate with a fete

2 : to pay high honor to


The piece was a change of pace for Moss, who recently made waves in floaty eveningwear for a post-BAFTAs fete and a furry topper for Christopher Bailey’s last show at Burberry.

— Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kate Moss Channels Marilyn Monroe for a Fashionable Birthday Bash," 20 Feb. 2018

For the record, King isn’t the only Republican figure to fete Goldy.

— Jane Coaston, Vox, "Steve King endorses a bona fide white supremacist for Toronto mayor," 18 Oct. 2018

First Known Use of fete


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1


Middle English fete, from Middle French, from Old French feste, Middle English feste, from Anglo-French, from Latin festa, plural of festum festival, from neuter of festus solemn, festal; akin to Latin feriae holidays, fanum temple
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