What does the word fete mean?

Usage examples for fete

  1. It was in honor of the Princess Ulrica that the king gave a masked ball in the opera- house, to which the whole city was invited; for her, on the evening of her betrothal, every street in Berlin was brilliantly illuminated with wax- lights, not by command of the king, but as a free- will offering of the people; for her the queen, at Schonhausen, gave a superb ball; for her the Swedish ambassador arranged a fete, whose fabulous pomp and extravagant luxury were supposed to indicate the splendor which awaited her in her new home. – Berlin and Sans-Souci by Louise Muhlbach
  2. It appeared that ten days later occurred the fete day of some minor saint who had not for years been accorded the honor of a celebration. – Brewster's Millions by George Barr McCutcheon
  3. The Cardinal's return was the occasion on which this fete was announced, as given to the King and all his court. – Cinq Mars, Complete by Alfred de Vigny Last Updated: March 3, 2009