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[rev-uh l] /ˈrɛv əl/
verb (used without object), reveled, reveling or (especially British) revelled, revelling.
to take great pleasure or delight (usually followed by in):
to revel in luxury.
to make merry; indulge in boisterous festivities.
boisterous merrymaking or festivity; revelry.
Often, revels. an occasion of merrymaking or noisy festivity with dancing, masking, etc.
Origin of revel
1275-1325; (v.) Middle English revelen < Old French reveler to raise tumult, make merry < Latin rebellāre to rebel; (noun) Middle English < Old French, derivative of reveler
Related forms
reveler; especially British, reveller, noun
revelment, noun
unreveling, adjective
unrevelling, adjective
2. celebrate, carouse, roister, caper. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for reveller
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  • The door of a marchand de vin swung open just by our noses to give exit to a reveller, and the hot poisoned air streamed forth.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • For every subscriber to the Libert there may well be an antique masker and reveller less.

    Italian Hours Henry James
  • Come, take thy harp, old man, and show thy skill; and play not the prophet when it befits thee to be the reveller!

  • He was about to reply, but, at the instant, a reveller pushed him with a foot behind the knees so that they were sprung forward.

    Northern Lights Gilbert Parker
  • He is best in season at Christmas, for the boar's head and reveller come together.

  • A reveller I go freighted with fire not wine beneath the region of my heart.

  • Mr. Burns is a citizen of London, a lover of its streets, at home in all its noise, a reveller in its festivities.

    The Rise of the Democracy Joseph Clayton
  • Phoenicians battling with the sea brought me From far away; I am the reveller World-wandering!

    Life Immovable Kostes Palamas
  • If some reveller in London had looked in on us at midnight he might easily have fancied himself at an Albert Hall dance.

    Caught by the Turks Francis Yeats-Brown
  • That reveller was walking down the Wrykyn road before Mr. Appleby had left his chair.

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for reveller


verb (intransitive) -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
(foll by in) to take pleasure or wallow: to revel in success
to take part in noisy festivities; make merry
(often pl) an occasion of noisy merrymaking
a less common word for revelry
Derived Forms
reveller, noun
revelment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French reveler to be merry, noisy, from Latin rebellāre to revolt, rebel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for reveller



late 14c., "riotous merry-making," from Old French revel "entertainment, revelry," verbal noun from reveler "be disorderly, make merry" (see revel (v.)). Related: Revels; revel-rout.


early 14c., "to feast in a noisy manner;" late 14c., "take part in revels," from Old French reveler, also rebeller "be disorderly, make merry; rebel, be riotous," from Latin rebellare "to rebel" (see rebel (v.)). The meaning "take great pleasure in" first recorded 1754. Related: Reveled; reveling; revelled; revelling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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