reverie

noun
rev·​er·​ie | \ˈre-və-rē, ˈrev-rē\
variants: or less commonly revery
plural reveries

Definition of reverie 

1 : daydream

2 : the condition of being lost in thought

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Examples of reverie in a Sentence

I was lost in reverie and didn't realize my flight was boarding until it was almost too late.

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In the bottom of the frame, the reverie ended when Pedro Baez served up a game-deciding home run to send the Dodgers toward a 6-5 defeat. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers rally but bullpen falters in 6-5 loss to Marlins," 17 May 2018 The turning on was supplied to Stockhausen by the Eastern mysticism, psychedelic reverie and free love that pervaded the Bay Area hippie culture. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Four radical and radically original pieces of music that blew up the modernist status quo in 1968," 21 Apr. 2018 The first weeks of this tournament felt like a reverie for Russia. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Russia Finally Falls, Leaving a Trail of Admirers and Doubters," 8 July 2018 Harron and Polley also built tension by contrasting the hypnotism against flashbacks and reveries that were filmed and lit in a completely different way. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "A Look Beneath the Veil of Alias Grace’s Showstopping Hypnotism," 25 June 2018 There's just one problem: People are getting stuck in their reveries and going into comas, and Onira-Tech has its bottom line to worry about. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "VR Is Back in Pop Culture—As a Warning," 29 June 2018 But now, coasting through an enchanted landscape, under overspreading branches draped with Spanish moss, their reverie turned otherworldly. Jenna Russell, BostonGlobe.com, "There is magic in those Jekyll Island oaks," 21 June 2018 Meanwhile, the abundance of beautiful women depicted in moody reverie feeds a popular expectation that art of feeling must be solemn, if not sad. Charles Desmarais, SFChronicle.com, "‘Truth and Beauty’ at Legion of Honor: Pure visual pleasure of an idiosyncratic style," 29 June 2018 Or did Patterson reverse his usual process, merely tinkering and smoothing after Clinton, musing on his years in office, had brought forth a plot—in essence, his reverie of responsible power? Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s Concussive Collaboration," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of reverie

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for reverie

French rêverie, from Middle French, delirium, from resver, rever to wander, be delirious

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reverie

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reverie

: a state in which you are thinking about pleasant things

reverie

noun
rev·​er·​ie | \ˈre-və-rē \
plural reveries

Kids Definition of reverie

: the state of being lost in thought especially about pleasant things

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