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festivalnoun [C]

uk   /ˈfes.tɪ.vəl/  us   /ˈfes.tə.vəl/
B1 a ​specialday or ​period, usually in ​memory of a ​religiousevent, with ​its own ​socialactivities, ​food, or ​ceremonies: a ​Jewish/​Christian/​Hindu festival
B1 an ​organized set of ​specialevents, such as ​musicalperformances: a ​folk/​pop/​rock festival The New Orleans Jazz Festival is held every ​year in the ​spring. the Cannes Film Festival

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festivalnoun [C]

 us   /ˈfes·tə·vəl/ (infml fest,  /fest/ )
an ​organized set of ​specialevents, such as ​musical performances or ​plays, usually ​happening in one ​place, or a ​specialday or ​period, usually in ​memory of a ​religiousevent, with ​its own ​socialactivities, ​food, or ​ceremonies: a ​film/​food/​music festival the festival of Eid al-Adha/​Hanukkah/Diwali a ​solstice festival
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