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

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 As my mind wanders and contemplates the awesomeness of the environment, my local mountain guide, Marco Maganzini, snaps me out of my reverie with another story of year-round derring do that unwittingly answers my question. Duncan Madden, Forbes, 19 May 2022 But like Bugsy's reverie, the dream took concrete shape, and Esther's Kitchen is today an institution, luring a crowd of fashionable locals, many of them performers. Tony Perrottet, Travel + Leisure, 24 Apr. 2022 Kidman losing herself in the reverie of a childhood photograph, eyes glazing over with fireworks that have long since burned out). Caroline Framke, Variety, 11 Apr. 2022 Out of this reverie, Wilson called us to lunch, telling us to keep an eye out for bears, which roam the valley below. Tess Taylor, Travel + Leisure, 26 Mar. 2022 On the eve of New York Fashion Week, artists and muses gathered at the Maison Margiela SoHo flagship to attend an intimate dinner full of reverie and irreverence. Ian Malone, Vogue, 11 Feb. 2022 But which of the two will rouse from their reverie to act when two young girls paddling in a canoe suddenly face danger? Krista Stevens, Longreads, 4 Feb. 2022 The reverie threatened to end abruptly after 2.2 miles at a wire fence: in 1982, a steel swing bridge that opened and closed to allow marine traffic was removed, creating a 253-foot gap and cutting all access to the other 5-odd miles of Old Seven. Tony Perrottet, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Feb. 2022 Our reverie was interrupted when a trio of skiers appeared out of nowhere, barreling down the hill and dropping into pockets of fresh powder below. Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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23 May 2022

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“Reverie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for reverie


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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