oxford views updated May 17 2018
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
oxford views updated May 29 2018
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.
oxford views updated Jun 11 2018
curved chain of flowers, etc. XVII. — F. feston
— It. festone
prop. ‘festal ornament’. f. festa FEAST
; see -OON
Hence as vb. XVIII.
gale views updated May 14 2018
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.