carouse

verb
caroused; carousing

Definition of carouse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to drink liquor freely or excessively
2 : to take part in a carouse : engage in dissolute behavior

transitive verb

obsolete : to drink up : quaff

carouse

noun
ca·​rouse | \ kə-ˈrau̇z How to pronounce carouse (audio) \

Definition of carouse (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a drunken revel
2 archaic : a large draft of liquor : toast

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carouser noun

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Noun

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."

Examples of carouse in a Sentence

Verb My brother and his friends went out carousing last night. spent all of shore leave carousing with his mates Noun the Old West custom of heading to the saloon at night for an all-out carouse and some poker playing
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Old Hollywood movie stars could easily be imagined carousing around the elegant swimming pool. Michael Kolomatsky, New York Times, "The Most Popular Listings of August," 19 Sep. 2019 Smith and his friend left the club shortly after 2 a.m. and were carousing outside when a group of people, including the suspects, confronted them. David Harris, orlandosentinel.com, "Documents detail what led to fatal shooting outside Club Lit in downtown Orlando," 23 Aug. 2019 The document, which includes details from interviews with six women, offers a picture of Hill carousing during a party at a bar in the early morning hours of March 15, shortly after this year's legislative session came to a close. Bryan Slodysko, chicagotribune.com, "Multiple women, including lawmaker, come forward with groping allegations against Indiana AG," 6 July 2018 Khan may have spent his earlier years carousing with supermodels under the paparazzi glare of London’s nightclubs, but the debonair playboy has had to grow up. Time, "Cricket Hero Imran Khan Led Pakistan's Team to Victory. As a Politician, He's Riding a Populist Wave," 28 June 2018 Over the years they have been pictured carousing together in party spots in London and around the world. Max Foster, CNN, "Who's on the guest list for Harry and Meghan's wedding?," 21 Apr. 2018 Kicking back here usually means a full night of Korean BBQ and bar-hopping before carousing at an all-night karaoke joint. Vogue, "Where Athletes, Reporters, and Sports Fans are Flocking During the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang," 15 Feb. 2018 The document, which includes details from interviews with six women, offers a picture of Hill carousing during a party at a bar in the early morning hours of March 15, shortly after this year's legislative session came to a close. Bryan Slodysko, chicagotribune.com, "Multiple women, including lawmaker, come forward with groping allegations against Indiana AG," 6 July 2018 Khan may have spent his earlier years carousing with supermodels under the paparazzi glare of London’s nightclubs, but the debonair playboy has had to grow up. Time, "Cricket Hero Imran Khan Led Pakistan's Team to Victory. As a Politician, He's Riding a Populist Wave," 28 June 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And for the adventure plot, there’s Luci, an equally diminutive demon, who encourages Bean to drink, carouse, and get into trouble. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Netflix’s Disenchantment suggests the messy future of princess stories," 22 Aug. 2018 Similarly, Freedom Day inspires the hands on Mies Julie's isolated Karoo farm to carouse late into the night, but in a manner that seems singularly ominous. Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader, "Mies Julie depicts a postapartheid South Africa still mired in its legacy of colonialism and racism," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of carouse

Verb

1566, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1559, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for carouse

Noun

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

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carouse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of carouse

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

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