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festoon, sculptured or painted architectural or interior ornament consisting of a garland of leaves, flowers, or fruit, or some combination of these, held by ribbons or folds and draped at the ends. When a festoon hangs down from only one end, it is called a drop, but when it hangs from both ends it is termed a swag. The festoon reproduces the actual garland used on Greek and Roman festal altars and was much used as a decorative feature in Roman and Renaissance art. It was often represented as carried by putti, or infant figures.

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festoon. Classical ornament representing drapes, flowers, fruit, and foliage, depicted as a swag hanging in a natural catenary curve from two points on the same horizontal plane, and tied at each end with ribbons. It is light and narrow at the points of suspension and thick and heavy in the middle of the swag. It was common in Antiquity, during the Renaissance, and in Neo-Classicism.

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fes·toon / fesˈtoōn/ • n. a chain or garland of flowers, leaves, or ribbons, hung in a curve as a decoration. ∎  a carved or molded ornament representing such a garland. • v. [tr.] adorn (a place) with chains, garlands, or other decorations: the room was festooned with balloons and streamers.

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Festoon

a chain or garland of things suspended. See also catena, chain.

Examples: festoon of banners, 1852; of cobwebs; of flowers, 1732; of ivy; of ribbons, 1870; of vines, 1792.

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festoon curved chain of flowers, etc. XVII. — F. feston — It. festone prop. ‘festal ornament’. f. festa FEAST; see -OON.
Hence as vb. XVIII.

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