A festoon is a decorative string of flowers that you drape across a room, dropping in curves between support points. If you're decorating for Halloween, why not try a creatively spooky festoon of dried roses covered in cobwebs?

Festoon probably comes from the Italian word festone, for "feast," and if you can imagine an Italian courtyard strung up with flowers and lanterns, then you have a sense of what it means to festoon a place. A noun or a verb, festoon can mean the decoration itself, or the work of putting it up. Festoons don't strictly have to be made of flowers, though they usually are. You can festoon with fabric too, or paper chains. Or cobwebs.

Definitions of festoon

n an embellishment consisting of a decorative representation of a string of flowers suspended between two points; used on pottery or in architectural work

Type of:
a superfluous ornament

n a curtain of fabric draped and bound at intervals to form graceful curves

Type of:
curtain, drape, drapery, mantle, pall
hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)

n flower chains suspended in curves between points as a decoration

Type of:
flower chain
flowers strung together in a chain

v decorate with strings of flowers

“The public buildings were festooned for the holiday”
Type of:
adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

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