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Culture > Custom > Festivities


Now updated for CSW15. New words, if any, and new inflections of existing words, are shown in red.


afterparty a small party held after a larger event, such as a pop concert or film première, to which only a select group of guests is invited.
airshow an occasion when an airbase is open to the public with flying displays etc.
allnighter any event, party etc. that lasts all night.
bacchanalia a Roman festival of Bacchus celebrated with dancing, song, and revelry.
banquet a lavish formal meal; (verb) to feast.
banqueteer one who attends a banquet.
banqueter one who banquets.
barnsbreaking (Scots) a boisterous frolic; an injurious or mischievous activity.
basant (Urdu) a Pakistani spring festival.
bashment a large gathering for a Caribbean dance or party.
beanfeast a lavish meal.
beerfest (US) a beer festival.
biennale (Ital.) an international arts festival held in Venice every two years.
birl to carouse.
birle to carouse.
braaivleis (Afrikaans) a barbecue party.
bunfight a tea-party.
camporee a local meeting of Scouts.
carnival a festival (esp at a regular date) usually involving a procession.
carousal a carouse, a feast.
carouse to make merry.
carouser one who carouses.
carousingly (Adv.) CAROUSING.
ceili (Gaelic) an informal gathering with music, dancing etc.
ceilidh (Gaelic) an informal gathering with music, dancing etc.
charreada (Spanish) a Mexican entertainment involving competitive riding and herding events.
cheerlead to lead the cheering.
circensial (Obs.) of or pertaining to, or held in, the Circus, in Rome.
circensian of or pertaining to, or held in, the Circus, in Rome.
clubber a person who frequents nightclubs.
comus (Lat.) a revel.
conversazione (Ital.) a meeting for conversation esp about art, literature, or science.
convivial relating to or fond of feasting, drinking, and good company.
conviviality the state of being convivial.
convivially (Adv.) CONVIVIAL, sociable.
corroboree (Aborig.) a noisy festivity; (verb) to hold a corroboree.
couche (Fr.) an evening reception.
couchee (Fr.) an evening reception.
dadchelor as in dadchelor party, a party primarily attended by men and held to honour and present gifts to a prospective father.
dodgem (Tradename) an amusement park ride.
dogshow a show for dogs.
eisteddfod (Welsh) an annual assembly of Welsh poets and musicians.
eisteddfodic (Welsh) of or like an eisteddfod.
encaenia the annual commemoration of founders and benefactors at Oxford, held in June.
epulary of or pertaining to banquets.
fairgoer one who attends a fair.
fayre (Arch.) a fair.
fest a festival, a special occasion; chiefly in combination, as songfest, gabfest.
festival a day or time of celebration.
festive pertaining to, or becoming, a feast.
festively (Adv.) FESTIVE, pertaining to, or becoming, a feast.
festivity conviviality, joyfulness.
festivous (Arch.) festive.
fete (Fr.) a festival; a lavish often outdoor entertainment; (verb) to honour with a celebration.
filmfest a festival at which many films are shown.
flashmobbing the practice of gathering at a given place in response to a message.
fleadh (Irish) a festival of Irish traditional music, dancing, etc.
formal regulated, not casual (noun) a social event that requires evening dress
formally (Adv.) FORMAL, regulated.
funfest an enjoyable time.
furry like fur (noun) a Cornish annual festival and dance
gabfest (Sl.) a gathering characterised by much talk and gossip.
gala a celebration.
gaudeamus (Lat.) a convivial gathering, esp of college or university students.
gaudily (Adv.) GAUDY, showy.
gaudy showy (noun) an entertainment or feast, esp in certain English colleges
gogo a discotheque.
hakari (Maori) a ritual feast.
hawkey harvest-home, the harvest supper.
hijinks high jinks, frolics.
hogmanay (Scots) New Year's Eve.
hogmane (Scots) New Year's Eve.
hogmenay (Scots) New Year's Eve.
hooley (Irish) a boisterous party.
hoolie (Scots) easy, slow (noun) a lively party
hootanannie (US) a party with folksinging and sometimes dancing.
hootananny (US) a party with folksinging and sometimes dancing.
hootenannie (US) a party with folksinging and sometimes dancing.
hootenanny (US) a party with folksinging and sometimes dancing.
hootnannie (US) a party with folksinging and sometimes dancing.
hootnanny (US) a party with folksinging and sometimes dancing.
horkey harvest-home, the harvest supper.
housewarming a party to celebrate the taking possession of a house or premises.
hui a Maori gathering.
jamboree a gathering esp of Boy Scouts.
jubilarian one celebrating a jubilee.
jubile (Lat.) a celebration.
jubilee a celebration.
junket a pleasure trip, particularly one made by government officials; (verb) to go on such a pleasure trip.
junketeer one who junkets, feasts; (verb) to engage in junketeering.
junketer one who junkets, feasts.
junketter one who junkets, feasts.
kaffeeklatsch (Ger.) an informal social gathering for coffee and talk.
kegger a drinking party at which a keg of beer is consumed.
kermess (Dutch) in Europe, particularly in Belgium and Holland, an outdoor festival and fair; in the United States, generally an indoor entertainment and fair combined.
kermis (Dutch) in Europe, particularly in Belgium and Holland, an outdoor festival and fair; in the United States, generally an indoor entertainment and fair combined.
kirmess (Dutch) in Europe, particularly in Belgium and Holland, an outdoor festival and fair; in the United States, generally an indoor entertainment and fair combined.
klatch (Ger.) in N. America, a coffee party or other social function.
klatsch (Ger.) in N. America, a coffee party or other social function.
levee (Hist.) an early reception of visitors; (verb) to attend such a reception.
lovefest an event where people talk about loving one another.
lowsening the celebration of a twenty-first birthday.
mela (Hindi) in the Indian subcontinent, a Hindu festival or fair.
merimake (Spenser) merrymaking.
merrymaker a reveler.
octingenary an eight-hundredth anniversary.
pageant an elaborate public spectacle.
partier one who likes to party.
partyer one who parties.
partygoer one who attends parties.
pernoctation the act of staying up all night doing work or attending a party.
posada (Spanish) in Mexico, each of a series of visits traditionally paid to different friends during the days before Christmas, representing Mary and Joseph's search for lodging in Bethlehem.
potlach (Am. Ind.) a social event or celebration which features reciprocal gift-giving.
potlache (Am. Ind.) a social event or celebration which features reciprocal gift-giving.
potlatch (Am. Ind.) a social event or celebration which features reciprocal gift-giving; (verb) to exchange gifts.
prom a school or college dance.
ravey characteristic of a rave.
razzle a rowdy drinking spree.
revel a riotous feast; merrymaking; (verb) to engage in riotous pleasure.
reveler one who revels.
reveller one who revels.
revelry noisy merrymaking.
ridotto (Ital.) a public dancing party in the 18th century and 19th century.
roist to revel noisily, carouse.
roister to revel noisily, carouse.
roisterer one who roisters, carouses.
royst to revel noisily, carouse.
royster to revel noisily, carouse.
roysterer one who roysters, carouses.
saturnalia a wild party or orgy.
semigala an event similar to a gala but on a lesser scale.
shindig a lively noisy gathering.
shivaree a noisy mock serenade for newlyweds; (verb) to conduct such a serenade.
shivoo (Aust. sl.) a noisy party.
simcha (Hebrew) a Jewish private party.
social related to society (noun) a social event
socially (Adv.) SOCIAL, related to society.
soiree (Fr.) an evening party.
songfest a festival of song.
splore (Scots) a frolic, a spree.
sponsal relating to sponsalia, nuptial.
spree a merry frolic; (verb) to carouse.
upsee (Obs.) a carousal.
upsey (Obs.) a carousal.
upsy (Obs.) a carousal.
utis (Shakesp.) clamour, din.
waygoose an annual employees' dinner or outing.
wayzgoose an annual employees' dinner or outing.
whingding a lively party.
wingding a lively party.