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charivari

noun cha·ri·va·ri \ˌshi-və-ˈrē, ˈshi-və-ˌ\

Definition of CHARIVARI

:  shivaree

Origin of CHARIVARI

French, perhaps from Late Latin caribaria headache, from Greek karēbaria, from kara, karē head + barys heavy — more at cerebral, grieve
First Known Use: circa 1681

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