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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The crack of a sniper’s bullet woke him from his reverie. The Economist, "Confessions of an Islamic State fighter," 16 Aug. 2019 In one particularly strong strip, the dog is in an aerial combat reverie. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Snoopy battles the Red Baron again in new museum exhibit," 22 Mar. 2018 This reverie can be realized at the adults-only MarBella Nido Suite Hotel & Villas, located in the quiet southeast corner of Corfu. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 23 July 2019 The lyrical slow passages of the first movement were moments of expansive reverie. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Dudamel marks his 10th L.A. Phil anniversary with a Hollywood Bowl blowout," 19 July 2019 At that moment a violent rattling wakes him from his reverie: the maid is pouring coal into a stove. Daniel Mendelsohn, The New York Review of Books, "Ingmar Bergman, Novelist," 18 Apr. 2019 But then John Delaney spoke up to break the socialist reverie. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Democrats and John Delaney’s Dad," 27 June 2019 Figures populate many pieces, including Jennifer Rochlin’s inside-out diptych, Hayley Barker’s atmospheric abstraction, Erin Trefry’s whimsical assemblage, Jade Gordon’s enigmatic mask and Max Maslansky’s fleshy reverie. David Pagel, latimes.com, "Where to find fantastic beasts? At Big Pictures Los Angeles' 'Airtight Garage'," 17 Apr. 2018 Koolhaas’s book, published in 1978 as a paean to the unfinished project of New York the Wonder City, seemed like an archaeological reverie, an evocation of the hubris and ambition of a dead city. The New York Review of Books, "Luc Sante," 13 Oct. 2016

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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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