November 27, 2014
feast (noun)
\FEEST\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a meal with plenty of food and drink : banquet2 : a religious festival or observance
How do you use it?
Before enjoying our Thanksgiving Day feast, Dad asked all of us to take turns naming things we were thankful for.
Are you a word wiz?

At the root of "feast" is the Latin word "festus." What do you think "festus" means?

If you picture a feast as a large noisy meal it may seem strange to think that it has anything to do with "solemn," which means "serious and dignified." But "festus," the Latin word at the root of "feast," translates to "solemn." Latin speakers used "festus" to form "festum" meaning "festival." The plural form of "festum" is "festa" which was adopted into Anglo-French (the French language of medieval England) as "feste." Middle English speakers borrowed "feste" which evolved into "feast." Some words related to "feast" include "festive," "festival," and "festoon."
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