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{{11}}feast (n.) c.1200, "religious anniversary characterized by rejoicing" (rather than fasting), from O.Fr. feste (12c., Mod.Fr. fête) "religious festival; noise, racket," from V.L. *festa (fem. sing.; Cf. It. festa, Sp. fiesta), from L. festa "holidays, feasts," from neut. pl. of festus "festive, joyful, merry," related to feriae "holiday" and fanum "temple," from PIE *dhes- "root of words in religious concepts" [Watkins]. The spelling -ea- was used in M.E. to represent the sound we mis-call "long e." Meaning "abundant meal" (whether public or private) is from late 14c.
{{12}}feast (v.) c.1300, "partake of a feast," from O.Fr. fester, from feste (see FEAST (Cf. feast) (n.)). Related: Feasted; feasting.

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