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[rev-uh l-ree] /ˈrɛv əl ri/
noun, plural revelries.
reveling; boisterous festivity:
Their revelry could be heard across the river.
Origin of revelry
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see revel, -ry
merrymaking, celebration, carousal, spree. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for revelry


noun (pl) -ries
noisy or unrestrained merrymaking
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Word Origin and History for revelry

"act of reveling; merrymaking, boisterous festivity, amusement," early 15c., from revel (n.) + -ery.

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