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
Recent Examples of reveille from the Web
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.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 1644See Words from the same year
REVEILLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of reveille for English Language Learners
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
REVEILLE Defined for Kids
Definition of reveille for Students
: a signal sounded at about sunrise on a bugle to call soldiers or sailors to duty
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