rev·​el | \ ˈre-vəl How to pronounce revel (audio) \
reveled or revelled; reveling or revelling\ ˈre-​və-​liŋ How to pronounce revel (audio) , 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

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of revel in a Sentence

Verb reveling all night is not conducive to a productive next day at work Noun 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 Canadians from all walks of life took to social media to revel in the show’s success — and especially its provenance. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Canadians Rejoice as ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Sweeps Emmy Awards," 21 Sep. 2020 Most years, putting together the annual TV Top 10 list is a ritual that allows critics a chance to revel in the artistic triumphs that brightened screens during the past 12 months. oregonlive, "Top 10 TV shows for 2020," 17 Dec. 2020 Unlike Ayler, who seemed to revel in injecting chaos into his music, Budd followed cues drawn from nights spent at gigs by more meditative artists like Chet Baker and Pharoah Sanders. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, "Harold Budd, ambient composer and Eno collaborator, dies of COVID-19 complications at 84," 9 Dec. 2020 Putin is less likely to revel in a victory by either presidential candidate than to celebrate the fact that election results are being disputed in many states, with legal challenges brought before judges for resolution. Ivana Stradner, National Review, "Putin Is Winning Russia’s Hybrid War against America," 9 Dec. 2020 Nab a dozen bagels on Goldbelly, from sesame and poppy to cinnamon raisin and salt, then grab your favorite spread and revel in some weekend bagel glory at home. Amy Schulman, Travel + Leisure, "How to Eat Like a New Yorker Wherever You Are," 8 Dec. 2020 Visit with live reindeer in the East Garden and revel in the wintry atmosphere at the California Academy of Sciences. Anne Schrager,, "Seasonal festivities at a healthy distance," 8 Dec. 2020 Blizzards are tough, whether they are regarded as character-building or not, but who does not revel in the magical bluish snow that greets us the next day, with diamonds glistening in the brittle air? Star Tribune, "Readers Write: COVID-19 and the health care industry, "A Black and white history tour,' America's greatness, Minnesotans' feelings about winter," 28 Nov. 2020 Some anglers revel in the social aspects of the fishing, the easy fellowship of a pier rail. Jonathan Miles, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: Fishing the Venice Beach Pier," 8 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Keep this amazing flavor combination going in your next baking session by making some revel bars or giving your chocolate chip cookies a peanut butter upgrade. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Whip Up a Copycat Peanut Butter Cup with 3 Ingredients You Have in Your Pantry," 1 Oct. 2020 This year, Mardi Gras was a harbinger: according to official counts, attendance at the revel, which spanned a week in late February, was down by about twenty per cent compared with 2019. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "A New Orleans Chef Navigates Disaster," 28 Aug. 2020 Chipotle takes on the swagger of a financial dom and revels in telling you to cough up an extra $2, you little worm. Michelle Santiago Cortés,, "Chipotle’s New “Guac Mode” Perk Promises Random Free Guac Through 2020," 10 Feb. 2020 Each fight scene revels in largely unbroken camera shots, allowing us to marvel in Robbie pulling off a surprising number of her own martial-arts stunts. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Birds of Prey review: Margot Robbie and the fantabulous redemption of DC," 7 Feb. 2020 Instead, Eurocrats, diplomats and hangers-on revel in stereotyping that would make a 1970s sitcom writer blush. The Economist, "Charlemagne Why stereotypes rule in Brussels," 11 Jan. 2020 The story and its characters possess a mythic power, and Hurston revels in the grittiness and majesty of black culture, especially its vivid dialogue. John J. Miller, National Review, "Zora Neale Hurston’s Individualism," 5 Dec. 2019 Letter revels in bantering with the judges and is at ease in nerve-racking court sessions of hypothetical, rapid-fire questioning, said Matt Collette, who was Letter’s deputy at the Justice Department. Washington Post, "In court, he speaks for Speaker Nancy Pelosi," 25 Dec. 2019 Young and old revel in stories that inspire peace and goodwill., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 9 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of revel was in the 14th century

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14 Jan 2021

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“Revel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of revel

literary + old-fashioned : a noisy and wild celebration


rev·​el | \ ˈre-vəl How to pronounce revel (audio) \
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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