rebel yell


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

Examples of rebel yell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Zack Snyder is letting out a rebel yell in the first trailer for Rebel Moon, which is narrated by Anthony Hopkins. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Aug. 2023 Laid wide open for interpretation, the film departs with a rebel yell rather than a whimper as the town holds Carnival festivities. Holly Jones, Variety, 7 Aug. 2023 In the Alabama, Mississippi and Texas sections, delegates stood on their chairs and bellowed out rebel yells. Samuel G. Freedman, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 July 2023 With a rebel yell, the bohemian Rebel House debuted on Boca Raton’s Palmetto Park Road in 2012 under cofounders Evan David and Mike Saperstein, standing in punkish contrast to the polished pink buildings that sprouted up around it. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 23 Mar. 2023 Her rebel yell? Vogue, 17 Sep. 2021 Someone let out a rebel yell. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 15 Jan. 2021 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

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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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“Rebel yell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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