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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Gou seems like a fresh, curious, interesting, and talented creative who is lucky enough to travel the world and see the dance-floor attire of every tribe of revelry up close and personal. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Meet Kirin’s Peggy Gou: The DJ Turned Designer Mixing Fashion and Club Culture," 28 Feb. 2019 Come summer, sailboats and yachts swarm the medieval town renowned for its round-the-clock revelry. Anja Mutić, WSJ, "A Guide to Croatia’s Island Hideouts," 19 July 2018 But Saint Patrick’s Day didn’t start out as 24 hours of raucous, shamrock-waving revelry. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "Here's the Real History of St Patrick's Day," 15 Mar. 2019 On his street, Westfall walked alone, struck by its contrast with the daytime’s raucous revelry. Sam Spengler, Smithsonian, "How One Museum Curator Is Bringing Burning Man Out of the Desert," 30 Mar. 2018 Pitt’s fashion risks aren’t limited to ’90s revelry. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "At 55, Brad Pitt Is Still a Menswear Icon for the Ages," 18 Dec. 2018 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,, "Newman Parents Association gets Lost N Shangri-La," 29 May 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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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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