feast «feest», noun, verb.
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.

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.

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.

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