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NOUN (4)

1. a ceremonial dinner party for many people;
[syn: banquet, feast]

2. something experienced with great delight;
- Example: "a feast for the eyes"

3. a meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed;
- Example: "a banquet for the graduating seniors"
- Example: "the Thanksgiving feast"
- Example: "they put out quite a spread"
[syn: banquet, feast, spread]

4. an elaborate party (often outdoors);
[syn: fete, feast, fiesta]


VERB (3)

1. partake in a feast or banquet;
[syn: feast, banquet, junket]

2. provide a feast or banquet for;
[syn: feast, banquet, junket]

3. gratify;
- Example: "feed one's eyes on a gorgeous view"
[syn: feed, feast]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Feast \Feast\ (f[=e]st), n. [OE. feste festival, holiday, feast, OF. feste festival, F. f[^e]te, fr. L. festum, pl. festa, fr. festus joyful, festal; of uncertain origin. Cf. Fair, n., Festal, F[^e]te.] 1. A festival; a holiday; a solemn, or more commonly, a joyous, anniversary. [1913 Webster] The seventh day shall be a feast to the Lord. --Ex. xiii. 6. [1913 Webster] Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. --Luke ii. 41. [1913 Webster] Note: An Ecclesiastical feast is called a immovable feast when it always occurs on the same day of the year; otherwise it is called a movable feast. Easter is a notable movable feast. [1913 Webster] 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 food. [1913 Webster] Enough is as good as a feast. --Old Proverb. [1913 Webster] Belshazzar the King made a great feast to a thousand of his lords. --Dan. v. 1. [1913 Webster] 3. That which is partaken of, or shared in, with delight; something highly agreeable; entertainment. [1913 Webster] The feast of reason, and the flow of soul. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Feast day, a holiday; a day set as a solemn commemorative festival. Syn: Entertainment; regale; banquet; treat; carousal; festivity; festival. Usage: Feast, Banquet, Festival, Carousal. A feast sets before us viands superior in quantity, variety, and abundance; 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Feast \Feast\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Feasted; p. pr. & vb. n. Feasting.] [OE. festen, cf. OF. fester to rest from work, F. f[^e]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. [1913 Webster] And his sons went and feasted in their houses. --Job. i. 4. [1913 Webster] 2. To be highly gratified or delighted. [1913 Webster] With my love's picture then my eye doth feast. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Feast \Feast\, v. t. 1. To entertain with sumptuous provisions; to treat at the table bountifully; as, he was feasted by the king. --Hayward. [1913 Webster] 2. To delight; to gratify; as, to feast the soul. [1913 Webster] Feast your ears with the music a while. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

feast n 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" [syn: banquet, feast, spread] 4: an elaborate party (often outdoors) [syn: fete, feast, fiesta] v 1: partake in a feast or banquet [syn: feast, banquet, junket] 2: provide a feast or banquet for [syn: feast, banquet, junket] 3: gratify; "feed one's eyes on a gorgeous view" [syn: feed, feast]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

133 Moby Thesaurus words for "feast": High Holiday, High Holy Day, Lucullan feast, Mardi Gras, Sabbath, Saturnalia, Sunday, allay, anniversary, appease, assuage, bank holiday, banquet, bean-feast, beano, birthday, blow, blowout, board, bread, bread and butter, carnival, celebration, cheer, church calendar, church feast, comestibles, commemoration, creature comfort, cuisine, daily bread, day of festivities, day off, delight, dine, do, do justice to, eat heartily, eat up, eatables, ecclesiastical calendar, edibles, entertain, entertainment, event, fair, fare, fare well, fast, fast food, feast day, feed, festal board, festival, festival day, festive occasion, festivity, fete, fete day, field day, fiesta, fixed feast, food, food and drink, foodstuff, gala, gala affair, gala day, gladden, gormandize, gratification, gratify, great doings, groaning board, health food, high day, high jinks, holiday, holy day, holytide, ingesta, jamboree, joyance, jubilation, jubilee, junk food, kermis, kitchen stuff, legal holiday, mad round, meal, meat, memorialization, merrymaking, observance, occasion, overindulge, party, picnic, please, pleasure, polish the platter, provender, provision, put it away, quench, red-letter day, refreshment, regale, regalement, repast, revel, revelment, revelry, rite, ritual, round of pleasures, sate, satiate, satisfy, slake, solemnization, spread, sustenance, table, treat, tucker, viands, victuals, vittles, waygoose, wayzgoose, wine and dine
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014):

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Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Feast 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.)
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

FEAST, n. A festival. A religious celebration usually signalized by gluttony and drunkenness, frequently in honor of some holy person distinguished for abstemiousness. In the Roman Catholic Church feasts are "movable" and "immovable," but the celebrants are uniformly immovable until they are full. In their earliest development these entertainments took the form of feasts for the dead; such were held by the Greeks, under the name _Nemeseia_, by the Aztecs and Peruvians, as in modern times they are popular with the Chinese; though it is believed that the ancient dead, like the modern, were light eaters. Among the many feasts of the Romans was the _Novemdiale_, which was held, according to Livy, whenever stones fell from heaven.