rev·​el | \ ˈre-vəl How to pronounce revel (audio) \
reveled or revelled; reveling or revelling\ ˈre-​və-​liŋ How to pronounce revel (audio) , ˈrev-​liŋ \

Definition of revel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to take part in a revel : carouse
2 : to take intense pleasure or satisfaction reveled in the quiet after everyone had gone



Definition of revel (Entry 2 of 2)

: a usually wild party or celebration

Synonyms for revel

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of revel in a Sentence

Verb reveling all night is not conducive to a productive next day at work Noun in Finland, Midsummer Day ushers in a nationwide revel as the Finns celebrate the endless hours of sunlight with bonfires and parties
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In this early aught rendition of the classic, first recorded by Steve Conway in 1950, Michael Bublé's heavenly lilt is the most pleasant way to revel in your father's love. Mia Uzzell, Glamour, 19 June 2022 As with every year, thousands if sun-seekers and jet-setters flock to St Tropez in peak summer months to revel in the glamour of the storied French seaside town. Rooksana Hossenally, Forbes, 13 May 2022 And soon there would be a way for viewers to revel in it 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, 12 May 2022 While some of these newcomers hit the water on stand-up paddleboards or blowup rafts, others simply revel on the sidelines, picnicking, lounging in the sun or drinking takeout cocktails. New York Times, 25 June 2022 As the lengthy line of people waiting to enter the Kusama Infinity room at The Broad in LA can attest, visitors revel in having an Instagram-able moment. Tom Teicholz, Forbes, 5 June 2022 While sharp-elbowed operatives revel in that stuff, the focus on tackling betrays a campaign’s most important job: blocking. Philip Elliott, Time, 17 May 2022 Readers will revel in picking up the book's analogues to the film. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 10 Apr. 2022 Hikers revel in the many trails that wend their way across rocky beaches, golden prairies and lush forests. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fans of the game revel in watching tour players launch moon balls that fly forever. Dave Shedloski, WSJ, 16 June 2022 Many highlights along the track revel in the awesome beauty of the Serpentine and Ormiston Gorges and the astonishing immensity of Standley Chasm, seen from the Summit of Mount Sonder. Anabel Dean, CNN, 18 May 2022 The honeymoon phase will be short-lived, so help your loved one revel in it. Kris Frieswick, WSJ, 13 May 2022 Some who have lost a loved one revel in defying convention and remaining joyful. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 The cast revel in this challenge, all working in concert to create the illusion of what isn't there. Nick Romano,, 14 Apr. 2022 Throughout this in vino veritas revel, every sip of Jack Daniels and every comestible gives the partiers sustenance. Armond White, National Review, 1 Oct. 2021 Keep this amazing flavor combination going in your next baking session by making some revel bars or giving your chocolate chip cookies a peanut butter upgrade. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Oct. 2020 This year, Mardi Gras was a harbinger: according to official counts, attendance at the revel, which spanned a week in late February, was down by about twenty per cent compared with 2019. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 28 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of revel


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for revel


Middle English, from Anglo-French reveler, literally, to rebel, from Latin rebellare

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More Definitions for revel


rev·​el | \ ˈre-vəl How to pronounce revel (audio) \
reveled or revelled; reveling or revelling

Kids Definition of revel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to take great pleasure He reveled in his success.



Kids Definition of revel (Entry 2 of 2)

: a noisy or merry celebration

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