a. A large, elaborately prepared meal, usually for many persons and often accompanied by entertainment; a banquet.
b. A meal that is well prepared and abundantly enjoyed.
2. A periodic religious festival commemorating an event or honoring a god or saint.
3. Something giving great pleasure or satisfaction: a book that is a veritable feast for the mind.
v. feast·ed, feast·ing, feasts
To give a feast for; entertain or feed sumptuously: feasted the guests on venison.
1. To partake of a feast; eat heartily.
2. To experience something with gratification or delight: feasted on the view.
feast (one's) eyes on
To be delighted or gratified by the sight of: We feasted our eyes on the paintings.
[Middle English feste, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *fēsta, from Latin, pl. of fēstum, from fēstus, festive; see dhēs- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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