- feast «feest», noun, verb.–n.1. a rich meal prepared for some special occasion, usually a joyous one, and for a number of guests; banquet: »
We went to the wedding feast.2. an unusually delicious or abundant meal.3. Figurative. something that gives pleasure or joy: »
a feast for the eyes, a feast of toys. Two…voices, that were a perfect feast to ears that had heard nothing but French operas for a year (Thomas Gray).4. a religious festival or celebration: »
Christmas and Easter are the most important Christian feasts.–v.i.1. to eat a rich meal; have a feast: »
They feasted on goose.2. Figurative. to take delight; delight: »
Let your eyes feast on this.–v.t.1. to provide a rich meal for: »
The king feasted his friends.2. to entertain sumptuously: »
How shall I feast him? (Shakespeare).3. Figurative. to give pleasure or joy to; delight: »
We feasted our eyes on the beautiful sunset.╂[< Old French feste < Vulgar Latin festa, feminine singular < Latin, neuter plural, festal ceremonies < fēstus festal. See related etym. at fēte. See etym. of doublet fiesta. (Cf. ↑fiesta)]–feast´er, noun.Synonym Study noun. 1 Feast, banquet mean an elaborate meal with many guests. Feast emphasizes the abundance, fineness, and richness of the food and drink, served to a large number in celebration of a special occasion: »
The king and his nobles celebrated the birth of his heir with a feast.Banquet emphasizes the formality of the celebration and applies particularly to a formal dinner given in rich surroundings: »
A banquet was given to honor the retiring president.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.