reverie

noun
rev·​er·​ie | \ ˈre-və-rē How to pronounce reverie (audio) , 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 this charming little reverie of a book, inspiration springs from our unguarded confrontations with the unfamiliar. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Critical Mass of Absurdist Misapprehensions," 30 Nov. 2018 And as the lights came on and the reverie evaporated, Romaschenko sat on the turf, waiting for midnight, hoping to stretch it out just a bit more. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Russia Finally Falls, Leaving a Trail of Admirers and Doubters," 8 July 2018 Just then, a young French employee of Kul Kul, their son Orin's permaculture venture (the whole family's in on the green game), stops by to discuss his latest bamboo workshop and snaps us out of our reverie. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 But my reveries are tempered by a disquieting thought, grown louder in the past few days: that our fellow Americans do not have our back. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "My Jewish wedding was the day of the Pittsburgh shooting. Anti-Semites threatened it.," 2 Nov. 2018 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

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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

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

reverie

noun
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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