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 Our answer is to reveal, revel in, or further obscure the self. Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, "Through Clenched Teeth," 30 Mar. 2020 The spectators sat shoulder-to-shoulder and reveled in concession-stand fare free of sushi and chardonnay. Dan Barry, New York Times, "Baseball Season Opens With a Dash of Imagination," 26 Mar. 2020 As recently as last week, some Americans continued to gather on Florida beaches, revel in spring break festivities or otherwise ignore guidance. Jack Gillum, ProPublica, "Even After Trump Declared a National Emergency, Some Talk Radio Hosts Weren’t Convinced," 25 Mar. 2020 Record Store Day is an awareness-raising celebration of the independent record store as a cultural hub for hard-core vinyl geeks and casual music fans alike to not just purchase records but to congregate and revel in the atmosphere. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Record Store Day has been postponed. Here's what that means for metro Phoenix stores," 14 Mar. 2020 The Longhorns’ reveling ceased as soon as their flight touched down in Austin. Nick Moyle,, "After being humbled by Iowa State, Texas seeks sixth straight win," 6 Mar. 2020 The stage, the spotlight, the attention -- the former Auburn defensive end is reveling in everything about the pre-draft process. Tom Green |, al, "Marlon Davidson delivers greatest hits at NFL Combine," 27 Feb. 2020 Now, the art world is suddenly discovering and reveling in her surreal forms from the ’40s, patterned abstracts of the ’50s and confident depictions... Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Artist Luchita Hurtado Breaks Out at Age 99," 12 Feb. 2020 After her prediction, Annie spent the morning in the spotlight at the arboretum, posing fo selfies and reveling in the celebrations. Dallas News, "Dallas Arboretum’s groundhog guest predicts an early spring for Dallas," 2 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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

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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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3 Apr 2020

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“Revel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 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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