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carouse

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noun ca·rouse \kə-ˈrau̇z\

Definition of carouse

  1. 1 archaic :  a large draft of liquor :  toast

  2. 2 :  a drunken revel

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Examples of carouse in a sentence

  1. the Old West custom of heading to the saloon at night for an all-out carouse and some poker playing

Origin and Etymology of carouse

Medieval French carrousse, from carous, adverb, all out (in boire carous to empty the cup), from German gar aus


First Known Use: 1559

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carouse

verb ca·rouse

Definition of carouse

caroused

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carousing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to drink liquor freely or excessively

  3. 2 :  to take part in a carouse :  engage in dissolute behavior

  4. transitive verb
  5. obsolete :  to drink up :  quaff

carouser

noun

Examples of carouse in a sentence

  1. My brother and his friends went out carousing last night.

  2. spent all of shore leave carousing with his mates

Did You Know?

Sixteenth-century English revelers toasting each other's health sometimes drank a brimming mug of spirits straight to the bottom-drinking "all-out," they called it. German tipplers did the same and used the German expression for "all out"-gar aus. The French adopted the German term as carous, using the adverb in their expression boire carous ("to drink all out"), and that phrase, with its idiomatic sense of "to empty the cup," led to carrousse, a French noun meaning "a large draft of liquor." And that's where English speakers picked up carouse in the mid-1500s, first as a noun (which later took on the sense of a general "drinking bout"), and then as a verb meaning "to drink freely."

1566

First Known Use of carouse

1566

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CAROUSE Defined for English Language Learners


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carouse

verb ca·rouse

Definition of carouse for English Language Learners

  • : to drink alcohol, make noise, and have fun with other people



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