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Definition of "festoon" [fes•toon]

  • A string or garland, as of leaves or flowers, suspended in a loop or curve between two points. (noun)
  • A representation of such a string or garland, as in painting or sculpture. (noun)
  • To decorate with or as if with festoons; hang festoons on. (verb-transitive)
  • To form or make into festoons. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "festoon" in a sentence
  • "The garland, or festoon, which is carried through, and sustained, as before stated, by each of the four figures, is composed of every flower indigenous to this part of the land, and introduced emblematically to the time in which they severally bloom."
  • "No power on earth, he declared, would induce him to attempt to "festoon" a hole in the accepted fashion."
  • "From this Koubba, the palm plantations extend southward and form a kind of festoon with the Keteya group, which is protected on the south-west by a hill of white sand."