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: 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 Quarterbacks revel in all of the fame and take all of the blame on a football team. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Here are 5 Utah high school quarterbacks to watch next football season," 3 May 2021 Pak’s earliest collectors, mainly cryptocurrency investors, revel in the artist’s cryptic presence. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Who Is Pak? The Artist’s Fans Couldn’t Care Less," 21 Apr. 2021 Throughout the trial, Justice Department prosecutors from Washington D.C. painted Palkowitsch as a bully who willfully defied training and seemed to revel in the brutality. Andy Mannix, Star Tribune, "Feds plan to indict Chauvin, other three ex-officers on civil rights charges," 28 Apr. 2021 This is a time for Knicks fans, surely, to revel in what’s going right. New York Times, "Russell Westbrook Makes Triple-Doubles Look Easy. They’re Not.," 28 Apr. 2021 These expedition-style vessels attract nature-minded, science-curious and sportive travelers, who revel in the great outdoors. Laura Manske, Forbes, "G0 Wild: Discover The Best Post-Pandemic Trips Of A Lifetime," 26 Apr. 2021 The North Ogden mayor, who was 39 when he was shot and killed by an Afghan commando under his training, used to revel in farm chores, his wife said, along with lessons in hard work and posterity that his children learned by participating. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Photos: Volunteers present spruced-up farm to widow of North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor," 23 Apr. 2021 Courtesy To celebrate Earth Day, head over to Bergdorf Goodman in New York City and revel in some sustainable (and not to mention gorgeous) candles. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "Sustainable Brand AMEN Is Swapping Out Plastic for Mushrooms," 22 Apr. 2021 For centuries, travel to France had provided wealthy Brits with the chance to pronounce judgments on their geopolitical rivals, escape from the damp fog of England and revel in the magnetic charms of Paris. Claudia Kalb, Smithsonian Magazine, "Before He Wrote a Thesaurus, Roget Had to Escape Napoleon’s Dragnet," 21 Apr. 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, "Whip Up a Copycat Peanut Butter Cup with 3 Ingredients You Have in Your Pantry," 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, "A New Orleans Chef Navigates Disaster," 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, "Chipotle’s New “Guac Mode” Perk Promises Random Free Guac Through 2020," 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, "Birds of Prey review: Margot Robbie and the fantabulous redemption of DC," 7 Feb. 2020 Instead, Eurocrats, diplomats and hangers-on revel in stereotyping that would make a 1970s sitcom writer blush. The Economist, "Charlemagne Why stereotypes rule in Brussels," 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, "Zora Neale Hurston’s Individualism," 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, "In court, he speaks for Speaker Nancy Pelosi," 25 Dec. 2019 Young and old revel in stories that inspire peace and goodwill. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 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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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 17 May. 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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