rev·​er·​ie | \ ˈre-və-rē How to pronounce reverie (audio) , ˈrev-rē \
variants: or less commonly revery
plural reveries

Definition of reverie

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Out of the simplest of themes, Mozart and Bronfman together wove the most profound and captivating of reveries. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra starts off musical 2020 with winning, eclectic array," 10 Jan. 2020 Despite the usual urban noises, however, Barnatan conveyed an air of reverie and stillness in his solo moments. Howard Reich,, "Grant Park review: Inon Barnatan sublime in Mozart Piano Concerto," 17 June 2019 Format-wise, the event was less rock concert than a collage of Broadway musical, multimedia art installation, dance troupe reverie, stand-up night, and draggish pop revue. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Madonna at War," 20 Sep. 2019 Silken strings and luminous woodwinds were the key factors in a spellbinding reverie. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra, Sachs delight with slate of untroubled Classical standards," 22 Nov. 2019 With eight extra bucks in his pocket, the new bettor stepped out of the sportsbook and hopped back into his car for a drive back over the Massachusetts border, his dizzying day having turned into a decadent reverie., "A new game in town," 10 Nov. 2019 Dreamlike black-and-white cinematography that pivots between aspect ratios, brushed with a jazzy score, elegantly suits the biting romanticism of this bite-size reverie. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Drug-fueled romp ‘Charlie and Hannah’s Grand Night Out’ trips the night fantastic," 26 Sep. 2019 Get out of my way There are only two serious external hazards that occasionally interrupt the gentle, man-vs-nature reverie of Sam’s endless hikes. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Death Stranding is Kojima unleashed, and it’s as weird as you’d expect," 1 Nov. 2019 The reverie was cut short as Lim flipped an omelet onto a foam plate and delivered it to the group, waiting with chopsticks poised. Liza Weisstuch,, "Getting a taste of Singapore’s famously flavorful street food," 14 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of reverie was in 1654

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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Reverie.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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How to pronounce reverie (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of reverie

formal + literary : a state in which you are thinking about pleasant things


rev·​er·​ie | \ ˈre-və-rē How to pronounce reverie (audio) \
plural reveries

Kids Definition of reverie

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

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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