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reverie

or revery

[rev-uh-ree] /ˈrɛv ə ri/
noun
1.
a state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing:
lost in reverie.
2.
a daydream.
3.
a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea:
reveries that will never come to fruition.
4.
Music. an instrumental composition of a vague and dreamy character.
Origin of reverie
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Old French reverie, derivative of rever to speak wildly. See rave1, -ery
Synonyms
1. abstraction, brown study.
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  • The thought of it was to him the strangest of raptures, the reverie of a child dreaming of a distant mother, soon to come again.

    Drum Taps Walt Whitman
  • Each one of his words lulled and prolonged the reverie of Angelique.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • The sound of his step on the hard ground interrupted Claire René's reverie; she looked up and around.

  • His reverie was broken abruptly by the jangling supper-bell.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • A tumult followed, and Gretchen started up from her reverie, and heard among the restless murmurs the name of Mrs. Woods.

British Dictionary definitions for reverie

reverie

/ˈrɛvərɪ/
noun (pl) -eries
1.
an act or state of absent-minded daydreaming: to fall into a reverie
2.
a piece of instrumental music suggestive of a daydream
3.
(archaic) a fanciful or visionary notion; daydream
Word Origin
C14: from Old French resverie wildness, from resver to behave wildly, of uncertain origin; see rave1
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Word Origin and History for reverie
n.

mid-14c., reuerye, "wild conduct, frolic," from Old French reverie, resverie "revelry, raving, delirium" (Modern French rêverie), from resver "to dream, wander, rave" (12c., Modern French rêver), of uncertain origin (also the root of rave). Meaning "daydream" is first attested 1650s, a reborrowing from French. As a type of musical composition, it is attested from 1880. Related: Reverist.

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