Meaning of “festival” in the English Dictionary

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"festival" in British English

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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:

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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(Definition of “festival” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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

(Definition of “festival” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)