[rev-uh-lee; British ri-val-ee]
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.

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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reveille (rɪˈvælɪ)
1.  a signal, given by a bugle, drum, etc, to awaken soldiers or sailors in the morning
2.  the hour at which this takes place
[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 & History

1644, from Fr. réveillez (vous) "awaken!" imperative plural of réveiller "to awaken, to wake up," from M.Fr. re- "again" + eveiller "to rouse," from V.L. *exvigilare, from L. ex- "out" + vigilare "be awake, keep watch" (see vigil).
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Example sentences
After a minute's silence, he lifts the instrument again to sound the reveille.
It needed not the sound of reveille to wake the members.
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