Meaning of festal in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfɛstl/


mainly archaic
  • Relating to or characteristic of a celebration or festival.

    ‘plum pudding was originally served on festal days as a main course’
    • ‘In the congregation assembled for worship, these two movements meet, and the heavenly angels join the children of God in festal celebration.’
    • ‘And the whole celebration will be rounded off at 6pm with a festal Eucharist in the parish church.’
    • ‘There is no more melancholy spectacle than a festal hall, the morning after the banquet, when the guests have departed and the lights are extinguished.’
    • ‘Dr David Hope praised the Queen's ‘unstinting service, profound wisdom and unswerving faith’ during her 50-year reign at a special festal evensong at York Minster.’
    • ‘But such a view, it becomes clear, is only a semblance, since outside of carnival time's hope and progress, hardship contradicts festal joy.’
    • ‘The orgiastic reaches a licentious, contagious and unrestrainable climax in the festal - those moments occasioning transgressions of imposed morality.’
    • ‘Wallace guides preachers in linking their sermons to the festal, pastoral, and sanctoral calendar by connecting these liturgical occasions with three human ‘hungers.’’
    • ‘He built hospitals and buildings for several universities, and (in more festal mood) the heraldic gates of San Marino, the strange little independent republic not far from Urbino.’
    • ‘Coste's only claim to attention is that his other anthem, Save me 0 God, picked up what has proved to be an adhesive attribution to Byrd, having been confused with Byrd's festal psalm of the same title.’
    • ‘Furthermore, in his discussion of the Ta series from Pylos, he observes that the inventorying of festal equipment fell under the purview of one of the most important scribes.’
    • ‘Christian worship may be assumed to have been a matter of ritual from the start, because of its roots in Temple worship, common festal meals, and the baptismal practice of Jesus and John.’
    • ‘Maisie received in petrification the full force of her mother's huge and painted eyes-they were like Japanese lanterns swung under festal arches.’
    • ‘In the festal throng, the mixed noises and movement bring Tito into the carnival spirit of human joyful becoming where his personal anxieties are excluded.’
    • ‘Barton suggests that an Anglican bishop finds it in the festal cycle culminating in Holy Week, while the Methodist finds it in preaching.’
    • ‘This suggests that - as in the case of meat - olive oil may have been a fairly regular element of Bronze Age festal and other diets.’
    • ‘Stubbings is a previous Master of the Music and Missa Stella Splendens is a festal congregational communion setting.’
    • ‘Yet, those brief hints do not tell us what we would dearly like to know: how the daily and festal ritual of sacrifice was carried out.’
    • ‘Various on-site locations are unique loci of festal carnality.’
    • ‘Galleries flank the terrace, and on festal days in summer the whole can be thrown open for large receptions.’
    jolly, merry, joyous, joyful, happy, jovial, light-hearted, cheerful, cheery, jubilant, convivial, good-time, high-spirited, gleeful, mirthful, uproarious, rollicking, backslapping, hilarious


Late 15th century via Old French from late Latin festalis, from Latin festum, (plural) festa ‘feast’.