rav·​er | \ ˈrā-vər How to pronounce raver (audio) \

Definition of raver

1 : one that raves
2 : a person who frequents raves

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These events attracted all kinds—dance music heads, music journalists, scenesters, college students, drag queens, drug dealers, drug seekers and criminals who robbed altered ravers at gunpoint. Simon Rust Lamb, Billboard, "How Organic Made History As Southern California's First Legitimate Dance Fest," 20 June 2019 With Demonia’s glossy patent leather flatform boots, Gaga revisited a style familiar to goth kids and ravers everywhere while putting her own stamp on the look. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Lady Gaga Brings Back the Goth Flatform," 31 May 2019 There were just as many ravers in their 40s, 50s and even 60s boogying down in glittering gear. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Meow Wolf's Taos Vortex Festival Brought Community to the Forefront," 20 Aug. 2019 This smiley take on the puffy confection is perpetually spotted on the head of ravers at festivals worldwide and has become a popular Halloween costume for kids in grades K-5. Kat Bein, Billboard, "11 DJs Who Wear Masks and the Stories Behind Them," 29 July 2019 Since 2010, Beyond Wonderland has delighted ravers in Southern California. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Insomniac Coming to Colombia With Beyond Wonderland Bogota 2019," 1 July 2019 However, the ravers who Alison Gopnik mentions use street drugs of unknown origin or dose. WSJ, "Consider This Before Self-Medicating With MDMA," 5 May 2019 Vogueworld How to Pull Off the Season’s Most Eye-Popping Trend What better way to turn heads than a blinding dose of raver neon? Vogue, "How to Pull Off the Season’s Most Eye-Popping Trend," 9 Mar. 2019 Beardyman does his best job with the vocal of this track, an experience that is truly unbelievable, nonsensical, and in many ways, relatable for ravers around the world. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Fatboy Slim's 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of raver

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of raver

: someone who goes to a rave
British : someone who goes to many parties

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