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

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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 Today’s oenophiles who revel in a pinot noir from Patagonia, a chardonnay from Tasmania, a riesling from Michigan’s Old Mission Peninsula, even the traditional qvevri wines of Georgia now in vogue, should raise a glass and toast Spurrier. Washington Post, "Steven Spurrier blew up the wine world with the Judgment of Paris. His legacy lives on.," 19 Mar. 2021 The tailgate party has become a veritable national institution of eating and drinking, almost a sport in itself, as fans revel in their pregame exuberance and gluttony. A.j. Herrington, Forbes, "Survey Reveals Which Sport’s Fans Smoke The Most Marijuana," 19 Mar. 2021 But a reader may thrill to the formalism of Alexander Pope on Monday and revel in the informality of Allen Ginsberg on Tuesday, engaging with the criticism that attaches itself to each. James Campbell, WSJ, "Deconstruction, Identity and the Dying Art of Criticism," 19 Mar. 2021 Until then, Pfingsten and Schmidt revel in the joy people feel in sitting down for a shot. Mary Lynn Smith, Star Tribune, "Vaccine quest leads some Minnesotans to small towns," 19 Mar. 2021 Those who want to revel in winter without skis can grab a 20-minute ride to 7,800 feet on Mt. Baldy’s chair lift for $19.99 or ride to 8,200 feet at Mountain High for $25. Los Angeles Times, "Seen our hiking guide? L.A.’s 50 best hikes await," 18 Mar. 2021 The solidifying offensive additions (Jack Conklin, Jedrick Wills, Austin Hooper, Harrison Bryant) were done all at once, so the Browns could get to this point and revel in nothingness. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "How the Cleveland Browns will improve through ‘nothing’ as much as any team in the NFL: Doug Lesmerises," 14 Mar. 2021 Biden doesn’t embrace politics as Clinton did or revel in his disdain for it as Obama did. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Joe Biden’s Confident, Unconventional Politics," 11 Mar. 2021 Smith, who works a desk job now, can finally wear it and revel in that pride that came with it back in 1987. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "It took 29 years, but this Kentucky man returned a long lost class ring to its owner," 10 Mar. 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,, "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., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 9 Dec. 2019

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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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“Revel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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