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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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 The crowd in the plaza dispersed, cheering and chanting, and many headed toward broad Paseo de la Reforma boulevard and the iconic Angel of Independence monument, where the revelry continued. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "In Mexico the joy continues as national team wins again in the World Cup," 24 June 2018 The Mexican fans in Russia and back home won't have to be quite as responsible in their revelry. Ben Nuckols, Houston Chronicle, "A 'milestone' World Cup win kicks off celebration for Mexico," 18 June 2018 With Fourth of July revelry reaching its apex, and Paris Couture Week continuing to enchant on and off the runway, this week's best beauty moments were a study in how to survive—and embrace—the balmy weather. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Looks: Week of July 8, 2018," 10 July 2018 Following Fourth of July revelry, hundreds of volunteers on Thursday morning helped pick up about 1,500 pounds of trash and recyclables along shorelines from Ocean Beach to Oceanside. Joshua Emerson Smith,, "Hundreds turn out for post-Fourth of July beach cleanup — most volunteers but some working off holiday infractions," 6 July 2018 The Crescent City already had Mardi Gras for parades, Bourbon Street for revelry, and a handful of go-to gay bars, so an LGBTQ-specific jubilee seemed sort of superfluous. Kelsy Chauvin, Condé Nast Traveler, "What NOLA's 'Gay Mardi Gras' Taught Me About My Parents—and Myself," 13 June 2018 There was joy and revelry and, something in desperately short supply since, legitimate American pride. Will Leitch, Daily Intelligencer, "Missing the World Cup Is Like Detention for the United States," 13 June 2018 Since the Dutch oven clambake will be swift-cooking — thanks mostly to parboiled potatoes, a necessary at-home prep step — Mantle joins the revelry, palming a Pacifico. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "Start a tradition with a Bodega beach clambake," 11 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 \
plural revelries

Kids Definition of revelry

: wild and noisy celebration

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to reject or criticize sharply

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