revel

verb
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

revel

noun

Definition of revel (Entry 2 of 2)

: a usually wild party or celebration

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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 This Central Perk homecoming gives everyone the space to revel in their adoration of one of the most successful sitcoms ever made without tacking on any new story or codas that would alter its place in the culture. Jen Chaney, Vulture, 26 May 2021 Minnelli was a demanding boss, and Gorenstein learned to revel in her requests—cancelling interviews, saying no on her behalf. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 1 May 2021 Black women deserve to revel in the joy of these comedies, too, says filmmaker Sasha Leigh Henry (Black Bodies, Bitches Love Brunch). Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, 20 Apr. 2021 His books are an intimate invitation to revel in his perpetually unpredictable, yet remarkably convincing, imagination. Terry Hong, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Apr. 2021 Compared to today's supercars that seem to revel in wretched excess, the spare, fluid design of the C remains an inspiration. Jack R. Nerad, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021 To close out 2021, The World will cruise the coasts of both South and Central America, giving those aboard an opportunity to revel in Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama and Guatemala. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 20 May 2021 Zeman doesn’t revel in the faces of people speaking, doesn’t pay attention to their expressions. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 5 May 2021 After a year of Zoom birthday parties and virtual graduations, many of us want to revel in gathering together again. New York Times, 4 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Chipotle takes on the swagger of a financial dom and revels in telling you to cough up an extra $2, you little worm. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, 10 Feb. 2020 Each fight scene revels in largely unbroken camera shots, allowing us to marvel in Robbie pulling off a surprising number of her own martial-arts stunts. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 7 Feb. 2020 Instead, Eurocrats, diplomats and hangers-on revel in stereotyping that would make a 1970s sitcom writer blush. The Economist, 11 Jan. 2020 The story and its characters possess a mythic power, and Hurston revels in the grittiness and majesty of black culture, especially its vivid dialogue. John J. Miller, National Review, 5 Dec. 2019 Letter revels in bantering with the judges and is at ease in nerve-racking court sessions of hypothetical, rapid-fire questioning, said Matt Collette, who was Letter’s deputy at the Justice Department. Washington Post, 25 Dec. 2019 Young and old revel in stories that inspire peace and goodwill. courant.com, 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of revel

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for revel

Verb

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

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Time Traveler for revel

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The first known use of revel was in the 14th century

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“Revel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revel. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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revel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of revel

literary + old-fashioned : a noisy and wild celebration

revel

verb
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.

revel

noun

Kids Definition of revel (Entry 2 of 2)

: a noisy or merry celebration

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