revel

verb
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

revel

noun

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

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

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, Philly.com, "Welcome to Paula Hian's King of Prussia pop-up | Elizabeth Wellington," 12 July 2018 Photographer Allan Barnes shares how the train station is one of the buildings that drew him to his art form, not to revel in destruction, but to preserve images of dignity against all odds. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'Detroit: Comeback City' documentary is personal, and that's a good thing," 1 July 2018 The summer solstice is considered a day to revel in the abundance of nature and embrace your playful side. refinery29.com, "This Is Your Guide To Having A High-Vibe Summer Solstice," 20 June 2018 But then, on June 1, Trump really did impose those metal tariffs on Canada, Mexico, and the European Union —and proceeded to revel in our allies’ rage at the G7. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Raises Taxes on Chinese Goods, Eyes Foreign Cars Next," 15 June 2018 Adding even more insult to injury is Aunt Lydia, who seems to be revelling both in June’s return and in her own role as a twisted, overbearing mother figure. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Episode 4 Is Its Bleakest Yet," 9 May 2018 And Belgium gets to be the underdog again, a status that Martínez revels in. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "World Cup 2018: Belgium Shocks Japan With Stunning Rally," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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 The new location revels in its place on the map, offering up stunning views of the downtown Miami skyline and Biscayne Bay from the open-air top floors. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Miami-Dade County: A new science center," 6 May 2018 Autumn especially lends itself perfectly to the colorful revels of El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which occurs this year from October 31 to November 2. Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Learn about Mexican culture with these family-friendly Day of the Dead celebrations," 10 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of revel

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for revel

Verb

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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More Definitions for revel

revel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of revel

: a noisy and wild celebration

revel

verb
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.

revel

noun

Kids Definition of revel (Entry 2 of 2)

: a noisy or merry celebration

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