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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 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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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.