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

Definition of revelry

: noisy partying or merrymaking

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
Recent Examples on the Web For all this revelry, rooms are rather sober by contrast. Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2022 French political junkies might know the cause for this revelry, but for the rest of us, the reason seems to matter less than the electric atmosphere enveloping the streets as people dance to the sound of honking car horns. Michael Nordine, Variety, 15 Feb. 2022 While Delray Beach already has a vibrant downtown on Atlantic Avenue with patrons spilling out from restaurants and bars, the concern centers around the revelry from potential new bars infiltrating residential neighborhoods. Wells Dusenbury,, 12 Mar. 2022 The revelry starts at the top o’ the morning and lasts well into the night. cleveland, 11 Mar. 2022 Here's a look at some of the local revelry related to the Irish holiday. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Mar. 2022 Several members of the crew remember Reeves staying in character throughout the shoot and not quite participating in the off-camera revelry with the others. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Jan. 2022 Clad in orange and black, fans arrived early for pregame revelry, souvenir shopping or to be amongthe first into the ballpark. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Apr. 2022 Still, after the pandemic kept the movie industry’s in-person revelry to a minimum, getting reacclimated to all that glitz and glamour may take some time. New York Times, 7 July 2021 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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“Revelry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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