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.
Recent Examples on the Web What connects the suburban reverie and the wild ride around the world? New York Times, "Chang-rae Lee’s Global Revision of the Suburban Novel," 5 Feb. 2021 Moments later, my reverie was broken as Mike confirmed my fears. Abby Schwartz, Wired, "How to Get Great Tech Support—From Home," 20 Jan. 2021 The Midnight Sky, a glum science-fiction reverie directed by George Clooney—and based on Lily Brooks-Dalton’s novel Good Morning, Midnight—may serve that function for some people. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Midnight Sky Is Occasionally Poetic and Often Boring—But It Features One Truly Terrific Performance," 23 Dec. 2020 His blissful reverie is short-lived, however; vengeful Zelmare suddenly appears and stabs Loy first in the back, and then multiple times in the chest. Nick Schager,, "Fargo finale recap: The victors write their history," 30 Nov. 2020 Prone, like Holmes, to meditative trances, his suggest reverie rather than the whirring of mental gears. Paul Franz, The Atlantic, "How a Great Crime Writer Came to Imitate Himself," 21 Oct. 2020 Soon after the novel begins, the family has finished up a long day at the beach, and a late-night knock on the door yanks them out of their reverie. Hillary Kelly, The New Yorker, "“Leave the World Behind,” a Novel About the Disaster That Won’t End," 5 Oct. 2020 And thanks to Gaylord Hotels, our reverie just got so much better. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Christmas Magic Is On Its Way! Can't-Miss Pop-Up Holiday Experience Heading to Gaylord Hotels Across America," 2 Sep. 2020 Time spent in deep reverie and meditation brings perspective and generates confidence., "Horoscope," 30 July 2020

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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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16 Feb 2021

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“Reverie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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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