rebel yell


: a prolonged high-pitched yell often uttered by Confederate soldiers in the American Civil War

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In a video that has a half a dozen freeze-frame-worthy moments of soaring tropical jungle empowerment, the pivotal click to pick comes when Katy encounters a ferocious tiger and unleashes a rebel yell in the apex predator’s face. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 14 June 2022 The Confederates started firing on him and yelling the rebel yell, but this riled up their horses, which were not used to battle., 16 July 2021 His face is contorted into a deranged smirk, his eyebrows raised and his teeth bared, as if fixing around that shrill yawp of the rebel yell. Connor Towne O'neill, Daily Intelligencer, 16 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rebel yell was in 1862

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Cite this Entry

“Rebel yell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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