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

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Synonyms for revel

Synonyms: Verb

binge, birl [chiefly Scottish], carouse, roister, wassail

Synonyms: Noun

binge, fling, frisk, frolic, gambol, idyll (also idyl), lark, ploy, rollick, romp, spree

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Examples of revel in a Sentence


reveling all night is not conducive to a productive next day at work


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

At a moment when New York’s French restaurants can feel exhaustingly ambitious, there’s something refreshing about revelling in plain potatoes. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "At the Rebooted Pastis, Stick with the Classics," 13 Sep. 2019 LIV Sotheby’s International Realty joined fellow car lovers at Monterey Car Week 2019 to revel in the design and awe of these classic automobiles, as well as network with high-profile individuals. Kelli Williams, The Denver Post, "LIV Sotheby’s International Realty travels to Pebble Beach for Monterey Car Week 2019, partnering with Rolls-Royce," 22 Aug. 2019 Guests come to enjoy the dance and crackle of the working fireplace, the anonymity offered by the low buzz of chatter, and to revel in small-production vintage wines by the glass. The Plum Guide, Harper's BAZAAR, "Eat Chic: 13 Cozy Wine Bars in NYC to Visit ASAP," 12 Aug. 2019 The '80s continue to revel and raise hell within the collective conscious—and in turn, amp up the wattage in beauty. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Best Cult ’80s Films to Watch for Beauty Inspiration," 8 Aug. 2019 One group might revel in the challenge of a Cuphead or Dark Souls, while the other seeks to inhabit another universe with The Sims or No Man's Sky. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Every game should copy Death Stranding’s “Very Easy Mode”," 13 Sep. 2019 Skip to main content (Photo: Mark Lennihan, AP) Legendary oil tycoon and corporate raider T. Boone Pickens, who reveled in giving millions to his favorite charities, has died at age 91. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Legendary oil tycoon and corporate raider T. Boone Pickens dies at age 91," 11 Sep. 2019 Jones did not revel in hearing that the Ravens’ No. Childs Walker,, "Baltimore native Cyrus Jones finally feels his feet under him in second season with Ravens," 23 Aug. 2019 There were people who were passionate about equal rights and people who reveled in being free to be themselves. James Barron, New York Times, "Pride Parade: 50 Years After Stonewall, a Joyous and Resolute Celebration," 30 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Based on Roald Dahl’s novel, ‘Matilda the Musical’ revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams for a better life. Steve Schering,, "‘Matilda the Musical’ welcomes incoming OPRF High School theater students," 8 July 2019 Everyone with eyes to see knows that there’s a new war coming, and that only gives the revels more urgency. Cory Doctorow,, "Richard Kadrey's 'The Grand Dark' feels like a Tom Waits ballad in a diesel punk novel," 11 June 2019 But Gyllenhaal revels in it, doing two things at the same time, blurring the edges between them. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "In a New Broadway Play, Jake Gyllenhaal Attempts Something Radical: Normalcy," 8 Aug. 2019 In truth, the show revels in skewering both sides, taking more shots at Robin’s atheism than Nate’s faith, for example. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, "‘The Detour,’ one of TV’s most outlandish shows, is also one of its best arguments for family," 18 June 2019 Not infrequently, his revels ended with him missing the last train home and retreating to the office to sleep under a desk, where a staffer might discover him with a shriek the next day. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 11 July 2019 The third season of Stranger Things, like the first two seasons, revels in the fun, funny, nostalgic detritus of 1980s pop culture. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "In season 3, Stranger Things’ celebration of ’80s pop culture becomes a political ideology," 8 July 2019 The Marc Jacobs turns convention on its head and revels in joyous paradoxes. Vogue, "Marc Jacobs’s Newest Line Is Exactly What Your Closet’s Been Waiting For," 31 May 2019 India has a populist leader happy to interfere with the central bank, China has ditched term limits to make its Communist leadership even more dictatorial than usual and the Philippine president revels in rejecting fetters on extrajudicial killing. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Investor Lessons From Turkey’s Crash to Earth," 14 Aug. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of revel

literary + old-fashioned : a noisy and wild celebration


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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