fete

A fête is a party, often one thrown in someone's honor. You'll find fête used as both a verb and a noun. If you want to fête someone, throw them a fête.

Fête is a word taken directly from French. In fact, sometimes in English you'll see a circumflex accent over the first "e" in fête. This makes it especially easy to remember, because this accent looks almost like a party hat.

Definitions of fete
1

n an elaborate party (often outdoors)

Synonyms:
feast, fiesta
Types:
luau
an elaborate Hawaiian feast or party (especially one accompanied by traditional foods and entertainment)
potlatch
a ceremonial feast held by some Indians of the northwestern coast of North America (as in celebrating a marriage or a new accession) in which the host gives gifts to tribesmen and others to display his superior wealth (sometimes, formerly, to his own impoverishment)
Type of:
party
an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment

n an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place)

Synonyms:
festival
Types:
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carnival
a festival marked by merrymaking and processions
Bacchanalia, Dionysia
an orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus (= Bacchus)
eisteddfod
any of several annual Welsh festivals involving artistic competitions (especially in singing)
film festival
a cinematic festival that features films (usually films produced during the past year)
jazz festival
a festival that features performances by jazz artists
Kwanza, Kwanzaa
a festival featuring African-American culture; celebrated between Christmas and New Year
Oktoberfest
an autumn festival that involves merrymaking and drinking beer
Saturnalia
an orgiastic festival in ancient Rome in honor of Saturn
sheepshearing
a festival held at the time sheep are normally sheared
Royal National Eisteddfod
an eisteddfod with competitions in music and drama and poetry and the fine arts
Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras
a carnival held in some countries on Shrove Tuesday (the last day before Lent) but especially in New Orleans
Type of:
celebration, festivity
any joyous diversion

v have a celebration

“They were feting the patriarch of the family”
Synonyms:
celebrate
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jubilate
celebrate a jubilee
jollify, make happy, make merry, make whoopie, racket, revel, wassail, whoop it up
celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; engage in uproarious festivities
party
have or participate in a party
receive
have or give a reception
rave
participate in an all-night techno dance party
carouse, riot, roister
engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking
Type of:
get together, meet
get together socially or for a specific purpose

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