revelry

noun
rev·​el·​ry | \ ˈre-vəl-rē \

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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Even persistent boys’ night invitations from Barnes’ cartoonishly macho friend fail to rouse anything more than Barnes’ annoyance, resignation and an early end to post-hockey-game revelry. Zoe Sayler, The Seattle Times, "An ordinary man is trapped in a musical in Village Theatre’s hilarious ‘The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes’," 17 Sep. 2018 There’s no better place to start than at these five thrift stores and flea markets—all within driving distance of Philadelphia—that combine old-school, Main Street revelry with just the right amount of edge. Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, House Beautiful, "5 Flea Markets to Hit Around Philly for the Coolest Furniture," 21 Aug. 2018 The greenery and orchid illustrated invitations designed by Juli Fee were an introduction to the revelry to come, particularly because the weather cooperated bringing clear skies and moderate weather. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Newman Parents Association gets Lost N Shangri-La," 29 May 2018 Venues for revelry and glamour are very much possible. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Ian Schrager Opens Up For the First Time About What Really Happened at Studio 54," 3 Oct. 2018 Friday lunch is one of the most remarkable dining experiences in the country, part century-old tradition, part boozy revelry. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Restaurants in New Orleans," 28 Feb. 2018 Then, for some post-show revelry, Teigen pulled an above-the-neck makeunder. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen Nails a Beauty Quick Change—and Claps Back at Body Shamers—Following the Emmys," 18 Sep. 2018 But residents such as Daniel Dean, whose livelihood depends on the city’s allure as a place to let one’s hair down, are worried that revelers will lose their taste for revelry under the cameras’ eye. Richard Fausset, New York Times, "Will 1,500 Street Cameras Be a Wet Blanket in New Orleans?," 30 Jan. 2018 But will putting down the bottles for a month make up for the recent weeks' revelry? Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "Dry January: What are the benefits of no alcohol for a month? And is it worth it?," 8 Jan. 2018

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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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revelry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of revelry

: a wild and noisy celebration

revelry

noun
rev·​el·​ry | \ ˈre-vəl-rē \
plural revelries

Kids Definition of revelry

: wild and noisy celebration

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