festoons, festooning, festooned
VERB: usu passive
If something is festooned with, for example, lights, balloons, or flowers, large numbers of these things are hung from it or wrapped around it, especially in order to decorate it.

[be V-ed with/in n] The temples are festooned with lights.

[V-ed] ...a lamppost festooned in political stickers.

N-COUNT: usu pl, usu N of n
Festoon is also a noun.

...a grand amphitheater, whose huge columns were wreathed with festoons of laurel and of magnolia.

English dictionary. 2008.

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