rev·​el·​ry | \ ˈre-vəl-rē How to pronounce revelry (audio) \

Definition of revelry

: noisy partying or merrymaking

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Examples of revelry in a Sentence

Each city has its own Carnival, but none, not even the revelry of Mardi Gras, is as spectacular as Brooklyn's. — Peter Noel, Village Voice, 6 Sept. 1994 Wassailing is an ancient English custom, part of the feasts and revelry of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, which have been revived in Colonial Williamsburg. — Joan P. Dutton, The Williamsburg Cookbook, 1975 The tall minister stood again at the altar. He waited for the song and the revelry to die. — Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 1969 The small birds were taking their farewell banquets. In the fullness of their revelry, they fluttered, chirping and frolicking from bush to bush, and tree to tree … — Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, 1820 the lottery winner was exhausted after a long night of revelry
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Drinking, soccer, pop music — revelry outside of prayer — are considered evil. Washington Post, "Suspected Boko Haram fighters kill 65 in attack on funeral in Nigeria," 30 July 2019 The deserving bunch has captivated us all with their minute-to-minute social media updates of locker-room revelry and in-flight Champagne toasts. Catherine Scott, Vogue, "The USWNT Continued Celebrations With an Impromptu Yacht Party in NYC," 11 July 2019 Theme parks, tourists, downtown revelry, working in the service industry, Florida Man and the never-ending pile of construction materials that is I-4. Matthew J. Palm,, "Humor Mill Orlando comedy show marks 10 years of laughs | Five Questions With...," 9 July 2019 Officers found a group of people engaged in loud summer revelry, but nothing that might emulate a gunshot., "Poison ivy itch can be dangerous behind the wheel: Forest Grove Police Log," 24 June 2019 Let’s give New Orleans a stadium to match all the revelry that stadium has given us over and over and over again. Albert Breer,, "Let's Build a Stadium in New Orleans That Can Host the Super Bowl Every Year," 5 June 2019 Music happens three nights a week, but on the early side, the revelry subsiding just as prime dining time rolls around. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Review: M/BAR in Mystic turns out premium eats and brims with brashness and flair," 12 July 2019 The Stampede, which started on Thursday and runs through July 14, draws tourists from around the world for its rodeo and chuckwagon races, but much of the revelry happens away from official venues at parties hosted by oil and gas companies. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Calgary makes it official: No weed at the Stampede," 5 July 2019 The moment may be difficult to recreate in full, but the accompanying spirit—exotic, insurgent, and sumptuous—is one primed for Paris Couture's over-the-top revelry. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Givenchy Couture Puts an Aerodynamic Twist on Punk Hair in Paris," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of revelry

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for revelry

see revel entry 1

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The first known use of revelry was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of revelry

: a wild and noisy celebration


rev·​el·​ry | \ ˈre-vəl-rē How to pronounce revelry (audio) \
plural revelries

Kids Definition of revelry

: wild and noisy celebration

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