a string or chain of flowers, foliage, ribbon, etc., suspended in a curve between two points.
a decorative representation of this, as in architectural work or on pottery.
a fabric suspended, draped, and bound at intervals to form graceful loops or scalloped folds.
Dentistry. the garlandlike area of the gums surrounding the necks of the teeth.
verb (used with object)
to adorn with or as with festoons:
to festoon a hall.
to form into festoons:
to festoon flowers and leaves.
Dentistry. to reproduce natural gum patterns around the teeth or a denture.
to connect by festoons.
a decorative chain of flowers, ribbons, etc, suspended in loops; garland
a carved or painted representation of this, as in architecture, furniture, or pottery
to decorate or join together with festoons
to form into festoons
1620s, from French feston (16c.), from Italian festone, literally “a festive ornament,” apparently from festa “celebration, feast,” from Vulgar Latin *festa (see feast (n.)). The verb is attested from 1789. Related: Festooned.
festoon fes·toon (fě-stōōn’)
A carving in the base material of a denture that simulates the contours of the natural tissue being replaced by the denture.
[fe-stoo-nuh-ree] /fɛˈstu nə ri/ noun 1. a decoration of . 2. collectively. /fɛˈstuːnərɪ/ noun 1. an arrangement of festoons
[fest-shrift] /ˈfɛstˌʃrɪft/ noun, plural festschriften [fest-shrif-tuh n] /ˈfɛstˌʃrɪf tən/ (Show IPA), festschrifts. 1. (often initial capital letter) a volume of articles, essays, etc., contributed by many authors in honor of a colleague, usually published on the occasion of retirement, an important anniversary, or the like. /ˈfɛstˌʃrɪft/ noun (pl) -schriften (-ˌʃrɪftən), -schrifts 1. a collection of […]
[fe-stoo-kuh, -styoo-] /fɛˈstu kə, -ˈstyu-/ noun 1. any grass of the genus Festuca, chiefly characterized by tufted blades and spikelets, comprising the .
male proper name, from Latin, literally “solemn, joyous, festive” (see feast).