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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Everyone’s had the same idea, and to be fair the pylsur may well be the perfect post-midnight antidote to a night of revelry. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018 With proceeds going to organizations that promote educational access and health-care equality, the night of revelry has a global impact, but don’t take our word for it. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rihanna Gives an All-Access Pass to the Diamond Ball," 14 Sep. 2018 These foot-tapping tunes, each promoted by a video filled with upbeat images of vacation-time revelry, conveyed a simple message. Ted Gioia, WSJ, "Summertime, and the Music Is Easy," 9 Aug. 2018 With a Twist Beach waves are one thing, but next season's wanderlust comes courtesy of hair styled to playful perfection—after all, what's more fresh than seeming straight off a day of outdoor revelry? Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 6 Beauty Trends That Stole Our Hearts at New York Fashion Week," 13 Sep. 2018 Sunday’s victory capped a weekend of revelry, coming a day after France celebrated its national holiday, which commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, at the start of the French Revolution. Stacy Meichtry, WSJ, "France Revels in World Cup Victory," 15 July 2018 Kapur doesn’t want wordy chef-splanations to interrupt the revelry, so most dishes are delivered table side with warm, unpretentious words of welcome. Ali Bouzari,, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 The corridor between Jackson Boulevard and Madison Street becomes a lonely hearts club, inhabited by scant hotel dwellers and a few stragglers purged from revelry at The Berghoff or Miller’s Pub. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Worth a trip: Mezcal old fashioned from Vol. 39," 20 Dec. 2017 The revelry continued until just past 4:00 a.m., at which point all of those still standing promptly made their way to the penthouse for the after-after-party. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Broadway’s Brightest Partied Until Dawn at The Carlyle on Tonys Night," 11 June 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 \
plural revelries

Kids Definition of revelry

: wild and noisy celebration

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