Etymology
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festoon (n.)

"string or chain of flowers, ribbon, or other material suspended between two points," 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.

updated on October 30, 2014

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Definitions of festoon from WordNet
1
festoon (n.)
a curtain of fabric draped and bound at intervals to form graceful curves;
festoon (n.)
an embellishment consisting of a decorative representation of a string of flowers suspended between two points; used on pottery or in architectural work;
festoon (n.)
flower chains suspended in curves between points as a decoration;
Synonyms: festoonery
2
festoon (v.)
decorate with strings of flowers;
The public buildings were festooned for the holiday
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.