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: 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 Our reporters trouped down to Las Vegas this week to revel, play a few slots, and oh yeah, check out the shiny, gizmo-laden future of transportation. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "A Sony Concept, Flying Taxis, and More Car News This Week," 12 Jan. 2020 Thunder fans had come to revel in the good times and did. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Russell Westbrook's homecoming spoiled in Rockets' crushing loss to Thunder," 9 Jan. 2020 And now, a study published in the journal Scientific Reports reveals that the pigs slaughtered at Navan originated across Ireland, indicating that the country’s ancient inhabitants traveled from afar to revel at the site. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "People Trekked Across Ireland to Eat Pork at This Ancient Site," 31 Dec. 2019 Instead, the ensuing 1,500 words amount to little more than free copy space for Carlson to laugh at quotes Plott reads to him from other conservatives and to revel in just how far this son of unearned wealth has come. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "You Know What Tucker Carlson Believes," 17 Dec. 2019 The freshmen came into a tough spot, with a roaring Michigan Stadium ready to revel in its first home victory over the Spartans since 2012. Chase Michaelson, Detroit Free Press, "12 Michigan State true freshmen get taste of rivalry: Redshirt status on each one," 17 Nov. 2019 So what better way to revel in the archipelago’s natural beauty than from the comfort of your own hillside infinity pool at the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles? Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "17 Infinity Pools That Are Worth the Hotel Reservation Alone," 16 Sep. 2019 To stay in the moment, refuse to revel in the misfortune, and stick to the task at hand., "Fikayo Tomori: The Other Academy Graduate Thriving at Frank Lampard's Chelsea," 16 Sep. 2019 The whole point of the book, and indeed the series, is to revel in the twee-ness. L.m., The Economist, "“Good Omens”: too twee or not too twee?," 6 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Yet possibly the greatest threat to his successful protection is that the celebrity and self-described troll revels in the public eye and thrives on attention. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, "Hiding Tekashi 6ix9ine in witness protection would be hard, not impossible — if he actually wants the help," 29 Sep. 2019 When the Parks go away on a camping trip, the drunken revels and smashed glassware leads the Park clan to a discovery that leads to increasingly sinister and bloody doings. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s class-warfare thriller ‘Parasite’ is brilliant -- and already a massive hit: Movie review," 29 Oct. 2019 His unchecked abuse of the platform authorizes harassment and trolling from the highest levels of our society — revels in it, even., "(And likewise, I often find myself using Trump tweets as occasions to cast wishes into the void of space.)," 4 Oct. 2019 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

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

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24 Jan 2020

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“Revel.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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