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reverie

[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.
Also, revery.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Old French reverie, derivative of rever to speak wildly. See rave, -ery
Synonyms
1. abstraction, brown study.
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Examples from the web for reverie
  • So when you float off into a reverie, you're actually doing important data-storage work.
  • She found some comfort in taking last week's celebration out of the house, some quiet reverie he could not find for himself.
  • Only occasionally does her public self intrude upon her reverie of anonymity.
  • It's an album of empathy and reverie, with slippery complexities that only rarely serve as a distraction.
  • Music is a meditation, a reverie, a respite from madness.
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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