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festivalnoun [C]

uk   /ˈfes.tɪ.vəl/ us   /ˈfes.tə.vəl/
B1 a special day or period, usually in memory of a religious event, with its own social activities, food, or ceremonies: a Jewish/Christian/Hindu festival
B1 an organized set of special events, such as musical performances: 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 special events, such as musical performances or plays, usually happening in one place, or a special day or period, usually in memory of a religious event, with its own social activities, food, or ceremonies: a film/food/music festival the festival of Eid al-Adha/Hanukkah/Diwali a solstice festival
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