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[kuh-rouz] /kəˈraʊz/
verb (used without object), caroused, carousing.
to engage in a drunken revel:
They caroused all night.
to drink deeply and frequently.
Origin of carouse
dialectal German
1550-60; variant of garouse < German gar aus (trinken) (to drink) fully out, i.e. drain the cup; compare Middle French carous < dialectal German gar ūs
Related forms
carouser, noun
carousingly, adverb
uncarousing, adjective
1. revel, celebrate, drink; live it up. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The Colonel had indulged them in something approaching to a carouse.

    Sophy of Kravonia Anthony Hope
  • The cook banked his fires and the crew went ashore for a carouse.

  • I will send a few stoups of wine to assist your carouse; but let it be over by sunset.

    Quentin Durward Sir Walter Scott
  • Indeed, he had been unearthed from a midnight carouse at a questionable restaurant.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
  • Inside the carouse raged, while we, who had thought to set Potts at large, listened and wondered.

    The Boss of Little Arcady Harry Leon Wilson
  • I think they were abashed at that, for they tried to laugh it off, and go on with their carouse.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • It will be a livelong night carouse, and she is mortal against that.

  • Young Tromp was finishing a carouse in the cabin when the English broke in.

  • For carouse away in the house not a bit the less on account of this.

  • He was evidently a sailor returning from a carouse at some tavern.

    The Gadfly E. L. Voynich
British Dictionary definitions for carouse


(intransitive) to have a merry drinking spree; drink freely
another word for carousal
Derived Forms
carouser, noun
carousing, noun
Word Origin
C16: via French carrousser from German (trinken) gar aus (to drink) right out
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Word Origin and History for carouse

1550s, from Middle French carousser "drink, quaff, swill," from German gar aus "quite out," from gar austrinken; trink garaus "to drink up entirely." Frequently also as an adverb in early English usage (to drink carouse).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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