Definition of festoon:
- A carved ornament consisting of flowers, and leaves, intermixed or twisted together, wound with a ribbon, and hanging or depending in a natural curve. See Illust. of Bucranium.
- A garland or wreath hanging in a depending curve, used in decoration for festivals, etc.; anything arranged in this way.
- To form in festoons, or to adorn with festoons.
When her other duties were done, she resolutely sat down to the detested darn, although it would have been much pleasanter to help her sister cut out green satin leaves and quill up pink ribbon into roses for a garland to festoon the skirt of a new white dress.- "Spinning-Wheel Stories", Louisa May Alcott.
- "The Jungle Book", Rudyard Kipling.
With thousands of legs the beast humped its sinuous body over the chimney- stacks and church- steeples, slung itself wriggling round the church- steeples and chimney- stacks like a festoon of scales, which then turned into a long, dense chain of clouds, filling the sky with great cloud- eddies, which whirled and whirled over the town and through the sky, from end to end of the vast sky.- "The Twilight of the Souls", Louis Couperus.