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reveille

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noun rev·eil·le \ˈre-və-lē, British ri-ˈva-li or -ˈve-\

Simple Definition of reveille

  • military : a signal given on a musical instrument (such as a bugle or drum) in the early morning to call soldiers or sailors to duty

Full Definition of reveille

  1. 1 :  a signal to get up mornings

  2. 2 :  a bugle call at about sunrise signaling the first military formation of the day; also :  the formation so signaled

Origin of reveille

modification of French réveillez, imperative plural of réveiller to awaken, from Middle French reveiller, from re- + eveiller to awaken, from Vulgar Latin *exvigilare, from Latin ex- + vigilare to keep watch, stay awake — more at vigilant


First Known Use: 1644

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REVEILLE Defined for Kids

reveille

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noun rev·eil·le \ˈre-və-lē\

Definition of reveille

  1. :  a signal sounded at about sunrise on a bugle to call soldiers or sailors to duty




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