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[rev-uh-ree] /ˈrɛv ə ri/
a state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing:
lost in reverie.
a daydream.
a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea:
reveries that will never come to fruition.
Music. an instrumental composition of a vague and dreamy character.
Origin of reverie
1325-75; Middle English < Old French reverie, derivative of rever to speak wildly. See rave1, -ery
1. abstraction, brown study.


[rev-uh-ree] /ˈrɛv ə ri/
noun, plural reveries.
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Examples from the Web for reveries
Contemporary Examples
  • He flashes with anger—especially when his reveries are interrupted—dwells on death, and experiences curious lapses of memory.

Historical Examples
  • It is never pleasant to have one's reveries abruptly broken; the nerves are agacs, if nothing worse.

    Barren Honour: A Novel George A. Lawrence
  • I am a prey tonight to reveries that make of me a dull companion.

    Clair de Lune Michael Strange
  • As these reveries floated through the clear, active brain of the invalid youth, the door of his chamber softly opened.

    Ishmael Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • Very suddenly one day was he roused out of one of these reveries.

    Oowikapun Egerton Ryerson Young
  • The menace of the future was in her reveries, and she had lost her youth, and her figure, and her admirers.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • I could hear them talking; but lay still, because I was loth to have my reveries disturbed.

    Aladdin & Co. Herbert Quick
  • The trash in our scholastic theology has nothing to do with the trash in Zarathustra's reveries.

  • As for Jenkins, she affects to take all her mistress's reveries for gospel.

  • We should beware of the nature of the reveries that fasten on us.

    The Man Who Laughs Victor Hugo
British Dictionary definitions for reveries


noun (pl) -eries
an act or state of absent-minded daydreaming: to fall into a reverie
a piece of instrumental music suggestive of a daydream
(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 reveries



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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