rev·​eil·​le | \ ˈre-və-lē How to pronounce reveille (audio) , British ri-ˈva-lē or -ˈve- \

Definition of reveille

1 : a signal to get up mornings
2 : a bugle call at about sunrise signaling the first military formation of the day also : the formation so signaled

Examples of reveille in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her command is also a reveille, though, summoning the age-old Disney work ethic. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Does “The Lion King” Need C.G.I.?," 19 July 2019 Those rehearsals have been, in good reveille fashion, in full swing by 7:30 in the morning. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "Precision, patriotism and a new stage for a beloved Marine tradition," 11 June 2018 Codie Williams has been a bugler at the barracks, the only Marine post in the country to still blow a live horn for the daily calls of reveille, church, chow, etc. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "Precision, patriotism and a new stage for a beloved Marine tradition," 11 June 2018 April 23 - Caught sleeping after reveille & put on report. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509," 28 May 2018 Young Maurice took up the bugle, playing reveille at scout camps. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Maurice Peress, Conductor Who Worked With Ellington, Dies at 87," 4 Jan. 2018 Excited more by competing than actually governing, 45* blasts reveille at dawn with provocative tweets and then lets the din of disputation rage all day and into the night. Robert Dallek, The Hive, "How Will History Judge the Trump Presidency?," 7 Sep. 2017 Brothers Noah, Sumner and Cole Ogrydziak entered West Point’s grueling world of 6:30 a.m. reveille, 60-pound packs and rigorous course loads on the same day four years ago. Michael Hill,, "Three brothers entered West Point together — and are graduating together," 10 May 2017

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First Known Use of reveille

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for reveille

modification of French réveillez, imperative plural of réveiller to awaken, from Middle French reveiller, from re- + eveiller to awaken, from Vulgar Latin *exvigilare, from Latin ex- + vigilare to keep watch, stay awake — more at vigilant

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The first known use of reveille was in 1644

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“Reveille.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of reveille

military : a signal given on a musical instrument (such as a bugle or drum) in the early morning to call soldiers or sailors to duty


rev·​eil·​le | \ ˈre-və-lē How to pronounce reveille (audio) \

Kids Definition of reveille

: a signal sounded at about sunrise on a bugle to call soldiers or sailors to duty

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