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English Dictionary: feast by the DICT Development Group
5 results for feast
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a ceremonial dinner party for many people [syn: banquet, feast]
  2. something experienced with great delight; "a feast for the eyes"
  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"
    Synonym(s): banquet, feast, spread
  4. an elaborate party (often outdoors)
    Synonym(s): fete, feast, fiesta
  1. partake in a feast or banquet [syn: feast, banquet, junket]
  2. provide a feast or banquet for
    Synonym(s): feast, banquet, junket
  3. gratify; "feed one's eyes on a gorgeous view"
    Synonym(s): feed, feast
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Feast \Feast\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Feasted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Feasting}.] [OE. festen, cf. OF. fester to rest from work,
      F. f[88]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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Feast \Feast\ (f[emac]st), n. [OE. feste festival, holiday,
      feast, OF. feste festival, F. f[88]te, fr. L. festum, pl.
      festa, fr. festus joyful, festal; of uncertain origin. Cf.
      {Fair}, n., {Festal}, {F[ecir]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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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.

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
      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}.)
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