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 During the dinner, attendees fawned over Mr. Trump and seemed to revel in their ability to ask him for direct help with business issues. New York Times, "Tape Made Public of Trump Discussing Ukraine With Donors," 25 Jan. 2020 So far, mostly New York City restaurants have reveled in the offering. Fortune, "These $50 ‘Strawberries’ Are Popping Up on Michelin-Starred Menus," 14 Jan. 2020 Both Swinney and Orgeron revel in the role of underdog, as well. Creg Stephenson |, al, "LSU vs. Clemson National Championship Game (1/13) 2020 live stream; time, TV channel, odds," 13 Jan. 2020 Unlike a lot of instrumental guitar bands that seem to revel in sheer volume, Mono achieves similar saturated textural results with slow dynamic builds, furious thrumming that creates an elegant and hazy white-noise quality. John Adamian,, "Mono, coming to the Ballroom, makes elegant, hazy instrumental rock," 16 Nov. 2019 What is new is the degree to which voters are prepared to back leaders who seem to revel in their mendacity. The Economist, "You really can fool some of the people, all of the time," 2 Nov. 2019 Theories abound, and the designers seem to revel in the confusion. Ian Volner, WSJ, "Swiss Architecture Firm Herzog & De Meuron Celebrates 40 Years," 4 Nov. 2018 Clancy’s music bucks the trend of so much of today’s chart-topping mainstream rap/pop, which seems to revel in nihilism and is hellbent on making depression appear chic. Ken Capobianco,, "Recovery has given Justin Clancy a purpose his music had been missing," 11 July 2018 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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

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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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“Revel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 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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