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A Festival at Antwerp, 17th century
Country Festival in Swabia

The word "festival" was originally used as an adjective from the late fourteenth century, deriving from Latin via Old French.<ref name=oed1>"festival, adj. and n.". OED Online. March 2014. Oxford University Press. Accessed April 16, 2014.</ref> In Middle English, a "festival dai" was a religious holiday.<ref>festival (adj.) at the Middle English Dictionary. Accessed April 16, 2014.</ref> Its first recorded used as a noun was in 1589 (as "Festifall").<ref name=oed1/> Feast first came into usage as a noun circa 1200,<ref>"feast, n.". OED Online. March 2014. Oxford University Press. Accessed April 16, 2014.</ref> and its first recorded use as a verb was circa 1300.<ref>"feast, v.". OED Online. March 2014. Oxford University Press. Accessed April 16, 2014.</ref> The term "feast" is also used in common secular parlance as a synonym for any large or elaborate meal. When used as in the meaning of a festival, most often refers to a religious festival rather than a film or art festival. In the Philippines and many other former Spanish colonies, the Spanish word fiesta is used to denote a communal religious feast to honor a patron saint.


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