revel

verb
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

revel

noun

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

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

Join the two together with a generous pour of syrup, and revel in the balance of sweet and salty. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "A search for the South Side's best soul food turns up stellar dishes and a debate about Southern cooking," 7 June 2019 Goth is synonymous with wearing all black, reveling in melancholy, and celebrating the macabre. Dianca London Potts, SELF, "10 Goths of Color on Their Beauty Routines and the Power of Representation," 22 May 2019 Cleveland's FirstEnergy Stadium erupted as the clock expired and fans reveled in the moment. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Cleveland Browns get first win in nearly two years, defeat NY Jets," 21 Sep. 2018 Slick Woods hit the Savage runway wearing pasties and a cut-out bodysuit, rubbing her pregnant belly, reveling in her womanhood. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna's Savage X Fenty New York Fashion Week Show Celebrated Women," 13 Sep. 2018 The lyrics confront religion and sexuality, reveling in and lamenting – often at the same time – the messy contradictions inherent in both. Shaun Brady, Philly.com, "This University of the Arts grad has a pentagram tattooed on his face. He's also one of the most inventive singers working today," 25 June 2018 The lyrics are entirely in Spanish, but even non-Spanish speakers can revel in the intensity of her voice and the dance-inducing rhythms. Andrea Alonso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Why You Should be Listening to Mexican-Born, L.A.-Based Rapper Niña Dioz," 5 June 2018 Some found ways to elevate the look, while others revel in the childish nature of it all. Glamour, "The Absolute Best Hair Accessories for Every Hair Type," 18 Apr. 2019 But the most compelling performance comes from Lili Reinhart, who seems to revel in getting the chance to shed her plucky, tense Betty Cooper image and go full bad girl with hair-pulling, leather-jacket-wearing teen Alice. Constance Grady, Vox, "Riverdale’s return to the ’90s is the show at its nonsensical batshit best," 11 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Sunset Overdrive is a big, dumb, fast shooter that knows its place in the big, dumb gaming pantheon and, quite frankly, revels in it. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Sunset Overdrive review: Ride the rails to kaboom-town (finally on PCs, too)," 17 Nov. 2018 This is a club that knows its past, that revels in its traditions, ‘a grand old team to play for and a grand old team to support’, as the song goes. SI.com, "Why Everton Must Learn From Their History in Next Managerial Appointment or Be Doomed to Repeat it," 18 May 2018 In the midst of our jet lag revel, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto happened to saunter in with a delegation from Japan, including a representative of the fugu industry. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Hong Kong Foodie," 1 Nov. 2012 Ant-Man and the Wasp revels in wringing joy from mundane items—a giant salt shaker is a weapon in one scene, as is an inflated Hello Kitty Pez dispenser in another. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Ant-Man and the Wasp," 5 July 2018 Director-choreographer John Vaughan’s season-opening production revels in the essential goofiness of this musical that wraps nearly two dozen of the group’s tunes around a story of an island wedding and the bride-to-be’s search for her mystery dad. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Moonlight brings the fizz and fun to ABBA-centric 'Mamma Mia!'," 16 June 2018 An immigration hardliner and county official in northern Virginia, Stewart champions preserving Virginia’s Confederate monuments and revels in personal attacks on other politicians — Republican and Democrats alike. Washington Post, "Little-known Virginia Republicans vying for US Senate shot," 9 June 2018

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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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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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