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revels

noun

verb

  1. (delight)  to take delight in
    Synonyms: delight, enjoy. Followed by: use
  2. (celebrate)  to celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; to engage in uproarious festivities
    Synonyms: jollify, make happy, make merry, make whoopie, racket, wassail, whoop it up. Type of:...

Etymology summary

from Old French reveler to be merry, noisy, from Latin rebellāre to revolt,...
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Revels

a contemporary series of American seasonal stage performances, initially given at Christmas time as the Christmas Revels at Town Hall in New York City in 1957, which involve singing, dancing, recitals, theatrics, and usually some audience... (36 of 662 words)

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Revels (disambiguation)

an American series of annual theatrical events. Revels may also refer to: Revels (confectionery), a chocolate product made by Mars, Inc. | Revels (culfest), cultural festival of Manipal Institute of Technology | Master of the Revels, a position in the ... (38 of 133 words, 7 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

revels | revel | revelry [less common, sense-specific] | reveller [noun, derived]

noisy merrymaking | [followed by "in"] to take pleasure or wallow | to take part in noisy festivities; make merry | [often plural] an occasion of ... (23 of 472 words, 5 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/revels

revel | revelry [less common, sense-specific] | reveller [noun, derived]

[followed by "in"] to take pleasure or wallow | to take part in noisy festivities; make merry | [often plural] an occasion of noisy merrymaking | a ... (24 of 507 words, 4 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

revel | revel in | revels [related] | revelling [related] | revelled [related] | reveling [related] | reveled [related]

enjoy oneself in a lively and noisy way, especially with drinking and dancing | ("revel in") : gain great pleasure from (a situation) | ("revels") | ... (23 of 128 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/revel

American Heritage Dictionary:

revel | reveled [past tense] | revelled [past tense] | reveling [present participle] | revelling [present participle] | revels [3rd-person singular present] | reveler [noun, related] | reveller [noun, related]

To take great pleasure or delight | To engage in uproarious festivities; make merry. | A boisterous festivity or celebration; merrymaking. Often used ... (21 of 69 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

revel | reveled [past tense] | revelingor (esp. Brit.) -elled [past participle] | revelling [present participle] | Revel | revels [sense-specific]

to take great pleasure or delight (usually followed by "in"). | to make merry; indulge in boisterous festivities. | boisterous merrymaking or ... (20 of 68 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/revel

Wiktionary:

revel | revels [plural] | revelled [past tense] | reveled [past tense] | revelling [present participle] | reveling [present participle] | carouse [synonym, sense-specific] | celebrate [synonym, sense-specific]

An instance of merrymaking; a celebration. | To make merry; to have a gay, lively time. | [obsolete] To draw back; to retract. (21 of 57 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

revel [entry 1, verb] | reveled [past tense] | revelled [past tense] | reveling [present participle] | revelling [present participle] | carouse [synonym, sense-specific] | binge [synonym, sense-specific] | birl [Scottish, synonym, sense-specific] | roister [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to take part in a revel; "carouse" | to take intense pleasure or satisfaction (13 of 97 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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revel [entry 2, noun] | binge [synonym] | frisk [synonym] | frolic [synonym] | gambol [synonym] | idyll [synonym] | lark [synonym] | ploy [synonym] | fling [synonym] | ...

a usually wild party or celebration (6 of 93 words, 1 usage example)

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New World Dictionary:

revel | reveled [past tense] | revelled [past tense] | reveling [present participle] | revelling [present participle] | reveler [related]

to make merry; be noisily festive | to take much pleasure; delight (in) | boisterous festivity; merrymaking; revelry | an occasion of merrymaking or ... (21 of 65 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

revel [intransitive, literary] | revelled [past tense] | revelling [present participle] | revels [3rd-person singular present]

to celebrate or enjoy yourself in a lively and noisy way, especially by singing, dancing, and drinking alcohol (18 of 51 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/revel

revel [countable, plural, literary, noun] | revels [plural]

a lively and noisy party or celebration, especially where people sing, dance, and drink alcohol (15 of 49 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

revel [US USUALLY, literary] | -ll- [past tense] | -l- [past tense] | reveler [noun, United States, derived] | reveller [noun, British, derived]

to dance, drink, sing, etc. at a party or in public, especially in a noisy way (16 of 44 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/revel

Encarta Dictionary:

revel | revels [plural] | reveled [past tense] | revelled [past tense] | reveling [present participle] | revelling [present participle]

to take great pleasure in something | to have an enjoyable time in the company of others, especially at a party | an uproarious party or celebration ... (25 of 87 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861701808​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

revels | revel

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French reveler to be merry, noisy, from Latin rebellāre to revolt, rebel

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/revels

Online Etymology:

revel

First use: about 1300

Origin: "riotous merry-making", from Old French revel, from reveler "be disorderly, make merry", from Latin rebellare "to rebel". The ... (20 of 43 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

revel | revels [plural] | revelled [past tense] | reveled [past tense] | revelling [present participle] | reveling [present participle]

Origin: Middle English revelen, from Old French revel, from reveler ("to be disorderly, to make merry"), from Latin rebello ("to rebel") | Latin revellere; re- + vellere ("to pluck, pull").

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New World Dictionary:

revel | reveled [past tense] | revelled [past tense] | reveling [present participle] | revelling [present participle]

Origin: Middle English revelen from Middle French reveler, to revel, literally, to rebel from Latin rebellare: see "rebel" | Middle ... (18 of 25 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

revel | reveled [past tense] | revelled [past tense] | reveling [present participle] | revelling [present participle] | revels [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English revelen, to carouse, from Old French reveler, to rebel, carouse, from Latin rebellāre, to rebel; see "rebel".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/revel

Oxford Dictionary:

revel | revel in

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French reveler "rise up in rebellion", from Latin rebellare "to rebel"

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Merriam-Webster:

revel [entry 1, verb] | reveled [past tense] | revelled [past tense] | reveling [present participle] | revelling [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French reveler, literally, to rebel, from Latin rebellare

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Encarta Dictionary:

revel | revels [plural] | reveled [past tense] | revelled [past tense] | reveling [present participle] | revelling [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Old French reveler "rebel, carouse" from Latin rebellare "to rebel" from bellum "war"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861701808​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

revel

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "revel"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

revel [intransitive, literary] | revelled [past tense] | revelling [present participle] | revels [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "revel"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/revel

revel [countable, plural, literary, noun] | revels [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "revel"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

revel [intransitive, literary, verb] | revelled [past tense] | revelling [present participle] | revels [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "revel"

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revel [countable, plural, literary, noun] | revels [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "revel"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

revel [US USUALLY, literary] | -ll- [past tense] | -l- [past tense]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "revel"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "revel"

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the Free Dictionary:

revel

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "revel"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "revel"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "revel" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

revel | revels [plural] | reveled [past tense] | revelled [past tense] | revelling [present participle] | reveling [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "revel"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

revel

Audio: North American pronunciation of "revel"

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Revel

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YourDictionary Audio:

revel

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "revel" by speech synthesizer

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