rev·​el | \ ˈre-vəl \
reveled or revelled; reveling or revelling\ ˈre-​və-​liŋ , ˈrev-​liŋ \

Definition of revel 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to take part in a revel : carouse
2 : to take intense pleasure or satisfaction reveled in the quiet after everyone had gone



Definition of revel (Entry 2 of 2)

: a usually wild party or celebration

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Synonyms for revel

Synonyms: Verb

binge, birl [chiefly Scottish], carouse, roister, wassail

Synonyms: Noun

binge, fling, frisk, frolic, gambol, idyll (also idyl), lark, ploy, rollick, romp, spree

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Examples of revel in a Sentence


reveling all night is not conducive to a productive next day at work


in Finland, Midsummer Day ushers in a nationwide revel as the Finns celebrate the endless hours of sunlight with bonfires and parties

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Killing Eve doesn’t revel in the gore of its assassin’s exploits like other shows that exalt their murderous protagonists. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Killing Eve and the Riddle of Why Women Kill," 28 May 2018 Ditko and Kirby reveled in larger-than-life images, characters, settings, and conflicts. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "The larger-than-life huckster dialogue of Stan Lee," 13 Nov. 2018 Trump was a champion of birtherism, reveling in fanning racist attitudes when Obama was in the White House. Laura Mcgann, Vox, "Obama’s McCain eulogy would be banal under any other president," 1 Sep. 2018 And Burnham isn’t afraid to get the camera right up in Fisher’s face — reveling in her acne, imperfect teeth, and inability to maintain eye contact with the camera. Chelsea Greenwood Lassman, Teen Vogue, "Elsie Fisher in "Eighth Grade" Is a Necessary, Honest Portrayal of Modern Adolescence," 18 July 2018 As fans continue to decode the album for clues, the pop star has been reveling in the release day fun and was spotted literally letting her hair down for the occasion. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Wore Her Hair Straight and Down," 17 Aug. 2018 And we were robbed of the opportunity to watch a game between two titans, and to revel in a historic victory either way. Zerlina Maxwell, Teen Vogue, "Serena Williams’ Treatment at the U.S. Open Is About More Than Tennis," 10 Sep. 2018 But don’t expect the second-year receiver to revel in his recent success. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Have the Seahawks hit the jackpot with second-year wide receiver David Moore?," 27 Aug. 2018 That’s because the ladies who wear Hian revel in expensive originality, but do not like to disclose that information. Elizabeth Wellington,, "Welcome to Paula Hian's King of Prussia pop-up | Elizabeth Wellington," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sunset Overdrive is a big, dumb, fast shooter that knows its place in the big, dumb gaming pantheon and, quite frankly, revels in it. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Sunset Overdrive review: Ride the rails to kaboom-town (finally on PCs, too)," 17 Nov. 2018 This is a club that knows its past, that revels in its traditions, ‘a grand old team to play for and a grand old team to support’, as the song goes., "Why Everton Must Learn From Their History in Next Managerial Appointment or Be Doomed to Repeat it," 18 May 2018 In the midst of our jet lag revel, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto happened to saunter in with a delegation from Japan, including a representative of the fugu industry. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Hong Kong Foodie," 1 Nov. 2012 Ant-Man and the Wasp revels in wringing joy from mundane items—a giant salt shaker is a weapon in one scene, as is an inflated Hello Kitty Pez dispenser in another. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Ant-Man and the Wasp," 5 July 2018 Director-choreographer John Vaughan’s season-opening production revels in the essential goofiness of this musical that wraps nearly two dozen of the group’s tunes around a story of an island wedding and the bride-to-be’s search for her mystery dad. James Hebert,, "Moonlight brings the fizz and fun to ABBA-centric 'Mamma Mia!'," 16 June 2018 An immigration hardliner and county official in northern Virginia, Stewart champions preserving Virginia’s Confederate monuments and revels in personal attacks on other politicians — Republican and Democrats alike. Washington Post, "Little-known Virginia Republicans vying for US Senate shot," 9 June 2018 The author, a scholar of linguistics, revels in the minutiae of spelling, grammar, and usage, and her love of our living, changing language is infectious. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 6 June 2018 If a renegade dares turn against the crowd, the crowd teams up against them, then returns to its revels. Robin Sloan, The Atlantic, "I Played Fortnite and Figured Out the Universe," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of revel


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for revel


Middle English, from Anglo-French reveler, literally, to rebel, from Latin rebellare

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English Language Learners Definition of revel

: a noisy and wild celebration


rev·​el | \ ˈre-vəl \
reveled or revelled; reveling or revelling

Kids Definition of revel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to take great pleasure He reveled in his success.



Kids Definition of revel (Entry 2 of 2)

: a noisy or merry celebration

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