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

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 Whether enchanted by the glorious photographs and illustrations found in the collections or reveling in the quantity and quality of recipes found in cookbooks, there is clearly something about these anthologies that strikes a chord. Fortune, "Discovering the Allure of Cookbooks: Why They’re Still Worth Buying," 15 Dec. 2019 Think then of it as the ideal last gasp, the apogee of a band reveling in its popularity enough to apply steroids to its most commercial sound. Alfred Soto, Billboard, "Forever No. 1: Roxette's 'Joyride'," 12 Dec. 2019 The Chiefs went on to defeat the Patriots 23-16, with Matthews reveling in the win on Twitter before reuniting with her boyfriend. Lindsay Kimble,, "Patrick Mahomes' Girlfriend Says Security Had to Move Her to 'Safe Place' During Patriots' Game," 10 Dec. 2019 Fishing crews had hauled millions of pounds of lobster from the gulf, reveling in historic catches. Brady Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, "The sea ice used to protect them. Now their island is crumbling into the sea.," 1 Nov. 2019 The offseason had none of the contempt and scorn once heaped onto a program reveling in the most successful season in its history. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Next two weeks against Stanford, Pittsburgh could put No. 16 Central Florida back in spotlight," 8 Sep. 2019 Retreat-goers reveled in candlelit meals, yoga with Hilaria Baldwin, surf lessons, and beach cleanups. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Need a Happiness Workout? There's an App for That," 4 Sep. 2019 City’s fans reveled in the ineptitude of their club. Jonathan Wilson,, "Despite Recent Success, Manchester City Still Struggling With its Reputation," 6 Aug. 2019 And people revel in Christmas at those moments when very young children get to enjoy the preparations made for them by their parents. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "The Profound Loneliness of Christmas," 20 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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

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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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10 Jan 2020

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“Revel.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 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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