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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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Hanging clusters of fruit, tied in a bunch with leaves and flowers; used as decoration on pilasters and panels, usually hung between rosettes and skulls of animals.
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A festive decoration of pendant semi-loops with attachments and loose ends, esp. a swag of fabric, or representations of such decorations. Also see garland.
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1. a decorative chain of flowers, ribbons, etc., suspended in loops; garland
2. a carved or painted representation of this, as in architecture, furniture, or pottery
3. Dentistry
a. the scalloped appearance of the gums where they meet the teeth
b. a design carved on the base material of a denture to simulate this
a. either of two Zerynthia species of white pierid butterfly of southern Europe, typically mottled red, yellow, and brown
b. an ochreous brown moth, Apoda avellana the unusual sluglike larvae of which feed on oak leaves
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Flags fluttered from poles outside every pub and houses were festooned with the things while shops normally so twee offered a mind-bending assortment of soccer paraphernalia all featuring the cross of that mythical dragon-killer.
The tents were festooned with more than pounds 2million worth of pop memorabilia flown in from all over the world, including the Hendrix guitar.
The event featured the parking lot festooned in the school's colors--red and gold--and procession of senior girls that included a 1961 Cadillac limousine and a 1956 Chevrolet
PARLIAMENT Square is festooned with banners bearing a trendy, multi-coloured logo and proclaiming "London 2012 - candidate city" - for the Olympic Games.
Topped by vitrines (some of which are eerily vacant) and decorated with clutches of silk flowers, little wire trees festooned with dime-store charms, carved and painted birds, long strands of golden chain, and hunks of raw minerals (not to mention the obligatory decomposing lycanthropes enfolded within its strange contours), the entire assemblage is an uncanny cross between a half-dismantled department store display and a low-budget natural history museum.
SOME bloke in Redcar has been writing anonymous letters to the householders on his estate who have festooned the outside of their homes with vast quantities of Christmas lights.
Merrill Ashley's costume for Carabosse, festooned with petrified lace as lethal as a black widow spider, helps her "turn malicious into delicious," in the words of our writer Joe Carman.
If they are brought up to think that dropping litter is acceptable behaviour, is it any wonder that our open spaces are also festooned with rubbish of every kind?
A tree near the crash site,close to ClarkeGardens, was festooned with floral tributes over the weekend as friends of the four dead women, believed to be in their 20s and 3 0s, went to the area to pay tribute.
The walls of West Bank settlements are festooned with posters honoring suicide bombers.
No amount of money can match the sight of senior citizens in Appleton, Wis., meeting us on the route to give each of us an apple or children in rural Minnesota lining the route to cheer us on with handmade signs and Kool-Aid or, upon entering Illinois on our last leg, having every light pole along the route festooned with signs and banners.
So don't expect to find our posh embassies festooned with Tartan Army scarves now our diplomatic corps has been pressed into service promoting the Scots-Irish Euro 2008 bid.