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  • noun An arrangement of festoons.
  • noun Festoons considered as a group.

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  • noun That which is festooned; hanging ornamentation.

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  • noun flower chains suspended in curves between points as a decoration


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festoon +‎ -ery


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  • I have a picture of a shrine in my head, all bedecked with knobbly candles and baroque festoonery, and anything less would be disappointing.

    Interview and a Starred Review Lou Anders 2007

  • The Martha Stewart Collection will include household sundries such as bed linens, dinnerware, kitchenware, holiday festoonery and garden furniture.

    Martha, Macy's Ink Swank Household Goods Deal 2006

  • Opulent Persian weavings smoldered on the floor, and there was a festoonery of incense burners and candelabra.

    Another Roadside Attraction Robbins, Tom 1971

  • Graceful islands rise from the quiet waters, -- Grape Island, Grass Island, Sharp Pine Island, and the rest, baptized with simple names by departed generations of farmers, -- all wooded and bushy and trailing with festoonery of vines.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 47, September, 1861 Various

  • Lifting his eyes above the joyous exhibition, he beheld the carven capitals of the columns, tied together with festoonery of evergreens, and relieved by garlands of shining flowers, and above the musicians, under a canopy shading her from the meridian sun, the Princess Irene herself.

    The Prince of India — Volume 01 Lewis Wallace 1866

  • The grey gauze-like festoonery, having a resemblance to ascending smoke, hinders him from perceiving that of the discharged gun.

    The Death Shot A Story Retold Mayne Reid 1850

  • A pause in the soliloquy; a glance at the prostrate form; another, which interrogates the scene around, taking in the huge unshapely trunks, their long outstretched limbs, with the pall-like festoonery of Spanish moss; a thought about the loneliness of the place, and its fitness for concealing a dead body.

    The Death Shot A Story Retold Mayne Reid 1850

  • Through this strange festoonery they had to make their way, often for hundreds of yards; the soft silky substance clutching disagreeably around their throats and clinging to their clothes till each looked as though clad in an integument of ragged cotton, or the long loose wool of a merino sheep yet unwoven into cloth.

    The Castaways Mayne Reid 1850

  • The rumbling of wheels heard through the drooping festoonery of the trees, proclaimed that a second carriage was approaching along the Shell Road.

    The Free Lances A Romance of the Mexican Valley Mayne Reid 1850

  • You would have thought twice, perhaps, before deciding him to be a gentleman, but finally would have decided that he was; one great token being, that the singular aspect of the room into which he was ushered, the spider festoonery, and other strange accompaniments, the grim aspect of the

    Doctor Grimshawe's Secret — a Romance Nathaniel Hawthorne 1834


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  • Definition: (noun) A collection of festoons.

    January 15, 2007