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"The Southern troops, when charging or to express their delight, always yell in a manner peculiar to themselves. ... The Confederate officers declare that the rebel yell has a particular merit, and always produces a salutary and useful effect upon their adversaries. A corps is sometimes spoken of as a 'good yelling regiment.' " [A.J.L. Fremantle, "Three Months in the Southern States," 1863]The verb (late 14c.) is from O.Fr. rebeller, from L. rebellare. Related: Rebellion (mid-14c.).
A white Southerner (1862+)