charivari

charivari

[shiv-uh-ree, shiv-uh-ree, shuh-riv-uh-ree or, esp. British, shahr-uh-vahr-ee]
noun, plural charivaris, verb (used with object), charivaried, charivariing.
Also, chivaree, chivari.


Origin:
< French, Middle French, of obscure origin; said to be < Late Latin carībaria headache < Greek karēbaría, equivalent to karē-, combining form of kárā, kárē head + -baria (bar(ys) heavy + -ia -ia), on the hypothesis that such a noisy procession would cause a headache

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charivari, esp (US) shivaree or esp (US) chivaree (ˌʃɑːrɪˈvɑːrɪ)
 
n
1.  a discordant mock serenade to newlyweds, made with pans, kettles, etc
2.  a confused noise; din
 
[C17: from French, from Late Latin caribaria headache, from Greek karēbaria, from karē head + barus heavy]
 
shivaree, esp (US) shivaree or esp (US) chivaree
 
n
 
[C17: from French, from Late Latin caribaria headache, from Greek karēbaria, from karē head + barus heavy]
 
chivaree, esp (US) shivaree or esp (US) chivaree
 
n
 
[C17: from French, from Late Latin caribaria headache, from Greek karēbaria, from karē head + barus heavy]

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