from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A string or garland, as of leaves or flowers, suspended in a loop or curve between two points.
- n. A representation of such a string or garland, as in painting or sculpture.
- transitive v. To decorate with or as if with festoons; hang festoons on.
- transitive v. To form or make into festoons.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ornament such as a garland or chain which hangs loosely from two tacked spots.
- n. A bas-relief, painting, or structural motif resembling such an ornament.
- n. A raised cable with light globes attached.
- n. 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.
- n. Any of a series of wrinkles on the backs of some ticks.
- v. To hang ornaments, such as garlands or chains, which hang loosely from two tacked spots.
- v. To make festoons.
- v. To decorate or bedeck abundantly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A garland or wreath hanging in a depending curve, used in decoration for festivals, etc.; anything arranged in this way.
- n. A carved ornament consisting of flowers, and leaves, intermixed or twisted together, wound with a ribbon, and hanging or depending in a natural curve. See Illust. of Bucranium.
- transitive v. To form in festoons, or to adorn with festoons.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A string or chain of any material suspended between two points; specifically, a chain or garland of flowers, ribbons, foliage, etc., suspended so as to form one or more depending curves.
- n. In architecture, a sculptured ornament in imitation of a garland of fruits, leaves, or flowers suspended between two points; an encarpus. See cut under encarpus.
- n. A form of drooping cloud sometimes seen on the under surface of dense cirro-stratus clouds. Also called pocky cloud.
- n. In ornithology, specifically, a lobe on the cutting edge of a hawk's beak.
- To form in festoons; adorn with festoons; connect by festoons.
- n. A British collectors' name for a European limacodid moth, Apoda testudo, yellow-brown in color with narrow brown stripes arranged like a festoon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a curtain of fabric draped and bound at intervals to form graceful curves
- v. decorate with strings of flowers
- n. an embellishment consisting of a decorative representation of a string of flowers suspended between two points; used on pottery or in architectural work
- n. flower chains suspended in curves between points as a decoration
French feston, from Italian festone, from festa, feast, from Vulgar Latin *fēsta; see feast.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French feston (Wiktionary)