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[rev-uh-lee; British ri-val-ee] /ˈrɛv ə li; British rɪˈvæl i/
a signal, as of a drum or bugle, sounded early in the morning to awaken military personnel and to alert them for assembly.
a signal to arise.
Origin of reveille
1635-45; < French réveillez, plural imperative of réveiller to awaken, equivalent to r(e)- re- + éveiller, Old French esveillierLatin ēvigilāre to watch, be vigilant (ē- e-1 + vigilāre to watch; see vigil) Unabridged
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  • Toward morning I fell into a drowse, and was awakened out of it by the reveille.

  • A trumpeter lifted his bugle and sounded a bar of the reveille.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • Get within two or three feet of your place in ranks and await the sounding of assembly for reveille and then step into ranks.

    The Plattsburg Manual O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
  • For afar a solitary bugle had blown the "reveille" at Fort Alcatraz.

    Clarence Bret Harte
  • With the last notes of the reveille everything was stirring in Innis's camp.

    Horse-Shoe Robinson John Pendleton Kennedy
  • He had taken his night-cap and turned in betimes, so as to be up at reveille.

  • After reveille, make up your bed, arrange neatly your equipment, and clean up the ground under and around your cot.

    The Plattsburg Manual O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
  • We could distinctly hear the reveille of the rebel troops, and the hum of their camps.

    The Citizen-Soldier John Beatty
British Dictionary definitions for reveille


a signal, given by a bugle, drum, etc, to awaken soldiers or sailors in the morning
the hour at which this takes place
Also called (esp US) rouse
Word Origin
C17: from French réveillez! awake! from re- + Old French esveillier to be wakeful, ultimately from Latin vigilāre to keep watch; see vigil
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Word Origin and History for reveille

1640s, from French réveillez-vous "awaken!" imperative plural of réveiller "to awaken, to wake up," from Middle French re- "again" (see re-) + eveiller "to rouse," from Vulgar Latin *exvigilare, from Latin ex- "out" + vigilare "be awake, keep watch" (see vigil).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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