• (British, America) IPA: /fɛsˈtuːn/

festoon (plural festoons)

  1. An ornament such as a garland or chain which hangs loosely from two tacked spots.
  2. (architecture) A bas-relief, painting, or structural motif resembling such an ornament.
  3. A raised cable with light globes attached.
  4. (astronomy) A cloud on Jupiter that hangs out of its home belt or zone into an adjacent area forming a curved finger-like image or a complete loop back to its home belt or zone.
  5. (acarology) Any of a series of wrinkles on the backs of some ticks.
  6. (technology) A specific style of electric light bulb consisting of a cylindrical enclosure with two points of contact on either end providing power to the filament or diode.
  7. (manufacturing) Two sets of rollers used to create a buffer of material on web handling equipment.
  8. Any of various papilionid butterflies of the genus Zerynthia.
  9. (dentistry) Texturing applied to a denture to simulate human tissue.
Translations Translations Translations
  • French: guirlande lumineuse
  • German: Lichterkette
  • Spanish: guirnalda luminosa

festoon (festoons, present participle festooning; past and past participle festooned)

  1. To decorate with ornaments, such as garlands or chains, which hang loosely from two tacked spots.
  2. To make festoons.
  3. To decorate or bedeck abundantly.
    • 2005, Judith Martin, Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior, Norton, p. 804:
      A mysterious woman who shows up at a funeral more droopily festooned in black than the widow is making what is known as a fashion statement.
    • 2014 September 23, "Choosing a primary school: a teacher's guide for parents ↗", The Guardian:
      Some teachers festoon every spare inch of wall with vocabulary choices or maths techniques to use, which look great at first, but to some children might appear quite daunting. You'll probably see unfamiliar acronyms such as Walt (We Are Learning To). Be sure to ask what they stand for and how they are used in practice.
  4. (dentistry, transitive) To apply texturing to (a denture) to simulate human tissue.
  • French: enguirlander
  • Italian: inghirlandare
  • Russian: украша́ть гирляндами
  • Spanish: enguirnaldar

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