shivaree

shivaree

[shiv-uh-ree]
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:
1835–45, Americanism; alteration of Mississippi Valley French, French charivari charivari

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charivari, esp (US) shivaree or esp (US) chivaree (ˌʃɑːrɪˈvɑːrɪ)
 
n
1.  a discordant mock serenade to newlyweds, made with pans, kettles, etc
2.  a confused noise; din
 
[C17: from French, from Late Latin caribaria headache, from Greek karēbaria, from karē head + barus heavy]
 
shivaree, esp (US) shivaree or esp (US) chivaree
 
n
 
[C17: from French, from Late Latin caribaria headache, from Greek karēbaria, from karē head + barus heavy]
 
chivaree, esp (US) shivaree or esp (US) chivaree
 
n
 
[C17: from French, from Late Latin caribaria headache, from Greek karēbaria, from karē head + barus heavy]

shivaree (ˌʃɪvəˈriː)
 
n
1.  a discordant mock serenade to newlyweds, made with pans, kettles, etc
2.  a confused noise; din

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shivaree
1843, alteration of charivari (1735), from Fr. charivari, from O.Fr. chalivali "discordant noise made by pots and pans," from L.L. caribaria "a severe headache," from Gk. karebaria "headache," from kare "head" + barys "heavy" (see grave (adj.)).
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