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

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Recent Examples on the Web Fort Sam Houston Museum Director Jacqueline Davis noted that as early as the 1840s, armed forces used a drum roll with reveille after sunrise and retreat at sunset to gather the troops for roll call. René A. Guzman,, "Fort Sam Houston has fired a cannon every morning and night for 125 years," 5 Feb. 2020 Inmates in Theresienstadt are forced to stand in the freezing November cold during morning reveille: The camp commandant wants to test out a little theory he’s developed about the effects of hypothermia. Toby Lichtig, WSJ, "‘Apeirogon’ Review: United in Their Grief," 21 Feb. 2020 Two hundred and forty-one marines, most of them asleep because reveille was still eight minutes away, were killed. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "The 1983 Beirut Barracks Bombing, and the Current U.S. Retreat from Syria," 23 Oct. 2019 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

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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