1. [syn: gay, festal, festive, merry]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Festive \Fes"tive\, a. [L. festivus, fr. festum holiday, feast.
See feast, and cf. Festivous.]
Pertaining to, or becoming, a feast; festal; joyous; gay;
mirthful; sportive. -- Fes"tive*ly, adv.
The glad circle round them yield their souls
To festive mirth and wit that knows no gall. --Thomson.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: offering fun and gaiety; "a festive (or festal)
occasion"; "gay and exciting night life"; "a merry
evening" [syn: gay, festal, festive, merry]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
23 Moby Thesaurus words for "festive":
blithe, blithesome, boon, convivial, festal, free and easy, gala,
gay, gladsome, gleeful, hail-fellow-well-met, hearty, hilarious,
jocund, jolly, jovial, joyful, joyous, lighthearted, merry,
merrymaking, mirthful, on the loose