According to Merriam-Webster: (1) a decorative chain or strip hanging between two points, (2) a carved, molded, or painted ornament representing a decorative chain
Interestingly, although the noun came first - approximately 100 years earlier - we know the word more as a verb that's synonymous with "adorn" or "decorate" that first appeared in the late 1700s. It has allowed such expressions as "the hall was festooned with streamers and stars" or something like that. I think I probably saw it first in Douglas Adam's "Life, The Universe and Everything," a chapter of which helped me fall asleep last night ...
"This is going to fly?" said Arthur, giving gaunt looks, at the lashed-together pipework and wiring which festooned the cramped interior of the ship.
Origins? It's French and/or Italian from "feston" and "festone", but really Latin of course, from "festa" the plural of "festum" or festival. Festa is also an ancestor of the English noun "feast," with a first known use in 1630, according to Webster.
Personally, I like the feast angle of it and wonder if we've gotten away from its primary use centuries ago. Such is the evolving tongues of our world!
Now, it's your turn: Use it in a sentence or story or poem ... Festoon the halls of Ello with your words, my dear friends!
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If you all like this, I might try this every Monday morning. At least it would give me an excuse to put off doing work for a little while