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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Recent Examples on the Web Elaborate and ornate rituals, referring to his murderer as mother, mark the nine days of revelry. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "We, the permanent villains of Indian mythology, must reclaim our fallen icons," 30 Dec. 2019 So what, specifically, are the recovery and precovery (products taken before the revelry commences) remedies supposed to be doing? Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "Drinking with no consequences? This was the year of the hangover hack.," 19 Dec. 2019 The revelries were followed by a wave of nationwide looting and vandalism as his supporters reacted with rage to his ouster and delinquents exploited the chaos. Anatoly Kurmanaev, New York Times, "How an Unknown Female Senator Came to Replace the Bolivian Strongman Evo Morales," 24 Nov. 2019 Then, just as abruptly, a few minutes before the Maltese patrol boat appeared in the distance, the revelry ceased. Ben Ehrenreich, The New Republic, "Inside the effort to rescue Europe’s unwelcome immigrants," 17 Oct. 2019 The holiday season is a time for celebrations with family and friends, but getting home safely from a night of revelry is also important. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Celebrating this holiday? 'Tis the season for safe and free Lyft rides in Kentucky," 19 Dec. 2019 Or the three women in bathing caps and bloomers standing in the surf, facing away from the camera, gazing at the swimmers farther out, beholding that revelry and yet not fully immersed in it. Leslie Jamison, The Atlantic, "The Lovely Solitude of Standing in a Crowd," 6 Nov. 2019 Boston officials also have become proficient at handling championship-night revelry and victory parades a few days later. Martin Finucane,, "Officials urge Bruins fans to party responsibly after climactic Game 7," 12 June 2019 Food and craft booths as well as beer and wine gardens round out the revelry, which comes with stunning views of Newport’s Harbor. Anna Marlis Burgard, National Geographic, "This summer’s best island festivals in the U.S.," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of revelry

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for revelry

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

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30 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Revelry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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