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shivaree

[shiv-uh-ree] /ˌʃɪv əˈri/
noun
1.
a mock serenade with kettles, pans, horns, and other noisemakers given for a newly married couple; charivari.
2.
Informal. an elaborate, noisy celebration.
verb (used with object), shivareed, shivareeing.
3.
to serenade with a shivaree.
Origin of shivaree
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism; alteration of Mississippi Valley French, French charivari charivari
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shivaree

/ˌʃɪvəˈriː/
noun (US & Canadian)
1.
a discordant mock serenade to newlyweds, made with pans, kettles, etc
2.
a confused noise; din
Also (esp dialect) charivari
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Word Origin and History for shivaree
n.

1843, earlier sherrie-varrie (1805), alteration of charivari. Century Dictionary describes it as "vulgar, southern U.S.;" OED describes it as "U.S. and Cornwall."

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