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Dictionary Definition

festoon

Noun

1 a curtain of fabric draped and bound at intervals to form graceful loops
2 an embellishment consisting of a decorative representation of a string of flowers suspended between two points; used on pottery or in architectural work
3 flower chains suspended in loops between points [syn: festoonery] v : decorate with strings of flowers; "The public buildings were festooned for the holiday"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Noun

  1. An ornament such as a garland or chain which hangs loosely from two tacked spots.
  2. A cloud on Jupiter that hangs out of its home belt or zone into an adjacent area forming a curved finger-like image or a complete loop back to its home belt or zone.
  3. A raised cable with light globes attached.

Translations

ornament
  • Finnish: koristeköynnös
  • German: Feston, Girlande
cloud formation on Jupiter
  • Finnish: silta
cable with light globes attached
  • Finnish: valoköynnös
  • German: Lichterkette

Verb

  1. To hang or make festoons.

Translations

to hang or make festoons

Extensive Definition

Festoon (from French feston, Italian festone, from a Late Latin festo, originally a festal garland, Latin festum, feast), a wreath or garland, and so in architecture a conventional arrangement of flowers, foliage or fruit bound together and suspended by ribbons, either from a decorated knot, or held in the mouths of lions, or suspended across the back of bulls heads as in the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli. The motif is sometimes known as a swag when depicting fabric or linen.
The design was largely employed both by the Ancient Greeks and Romans and formed the principal decoration of altars, friezes and panels. The ends of the ribbons are sometimes formed into bows or twisted curves; when in addition a group of foliage or flowers is suspended, it is called a drop or margent.
Its origin is probably due to the representation in stone of the garlands of natural flowers, etc., which were hung up over an entrance doorway on fête days, or suspended round the altar.
The motif was later used in neo-classical architecture and decorative arts, especially ceramics and the work of silversmiths.

References

  • Dictionary of Ornament

Festoon Inc. Company

Festoon Inc. also appears to be a company that publishes codecs and plugins that enable multi-user video chat for Skype and Google Talk (Festoon Unity) and ClipSync that lets users of these services watch the same video at the same time. www.festooninc.com
As of November 11, 2007 www.festooninc.com seems to have been taken over by a domain squatter.
festoon in Catalan: Fistó
festoon in Czech: Feston
festoon in German: Feston
festoon in Spanish: Festón
festoon in Hungarian: Füzérdísz
festoon in Dutch: Festoen
festoon in Polish: Feston
festoon in Swedish: Festong

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