- a string or chain of flowers, foliage, ribbon, etc., suspended in a curve between two points.
- a decorative representation of this, as in architectural work or on pottery.
- a fabric suspended, draped, and bound at intervals to form graceful loops or scalloped folds.
- Dentistry. the garlandlike area of the gums surrounding the necks of the teeth.
verb (used with object)
- to adorn with or as with festoons: to festoon a hall.
- to form into festoons: to festoon flowers and leaves.
- Dentistry. to reproduce natural gum patterns around the teeth or a denture.
- to connect by festoons.
- a decorative chain of flowers, ribbons, etc, suspended in loops; garland
- a carved or painted representation of this, as in architecture, furniture, or pottery
- the scalloped appearance of the gums where they meet the teeth
- a design carved on the base material of a denture to simulate this
- either of two Zerynthia species of white pierid butterfly of southern Europe, typically mottled red, yellow, and brown
- an ochreous brown moth, Apoda avellana the unusual sluglike larvae of which feed on oak leaves
- to decorate or join together with festoons
- to form into festoons
1620s, from French feston (16c.), from Italian festone, literally “a festive ornament,” apparently from festa “celebration, feast,” from Vulgar Latin *festa (see feast (n.)). The verb is attested from 1789. Related: Festooned.
- A carving in the base material of a denture that simulates the contours of the natural tissue being replaced by the denture.