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

The audience reveled in it, laughing at comic moments and staying hushed during rapturous ones. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Opera reviews: Maria Callas as hologram; Lyric Opera stars at Millennium Park," 8 Sep. 2019 Arpaio reveled in his reputation as America's toughest sheriff, which led him to be the target of several civil rights lawsuits. Alex Johnson, NBC News, "Ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio, pardoned by Trump, wants his old job back," 26 Aug. 2019 Naked green goddesses Perot reveled in pulling off a good-hearted prank. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, patriot and philanthropist, dies at 89," 9 July 2019 Tubman reveled in defying men, defying governments, defying slavery, defying Confederate armies and slave catchers who put a $40,000 bounty on her head. oregonlive, "Harriet Tubman won’t replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill next year," 22 May 2019 Conductor Mark Elder reveled in both the bombast and the intimacy of the score. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Samson et Dalila’ and ‘Aida’ Reviews: A New Direction Takes a Familiar Course," 1 Oct. 2018 But nobody reveled in victory on Friday the way Kendricks did. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Sam Kendricks revels in winning the pole vault for the last time at 'historic" Hayward Field," 26 May 2018 For now, maybe just repeat after me one more time and revel in the regal pleasure of the word: kokoshnik. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "The Romanovs’ Favorite Tiara Is Back On Trend," 13 Aug. 2019 Harlow then reveled in the sun on a yacht in a crystal bikini by popular Instagram designer Sel.xo. Nandi Howard, Essence, "We Want Everything Winnie Harlow Wore For Her 25th Birthday Weekend," 30 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 In truth, the show revels in skewering both sides, taking more shots at Robin’s atheism than Nate’s faith, for example. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, "‘The Detour,’ one of TV’s most outlandish shows, is also one of its best arguments for family," 18 June 2019 Not infrequently, his revels ended with him missing the last train home and retreating to the office to sleep under a desk, where a staffer might discover him with a shriek the next day. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 11 July 2019 The third season of Stranger Things, like the first two seasons, revels in the fun, funny, nostalgic detritus of 1980s pop culture. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "In season 3, Stranger Things’ celebration of ’80s pop culture becomes a political ideology," 8 July 2019 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

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

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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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