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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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 Someone who, with a kiss, can snap me out of my self-pitying reverie. Gabrielle Ulubay, New York Times, "For Best Hookup Results, Use Your Words, O.K.?," 12 Jan. 2018 Inspired by Joshua Tree, the collection is a fanciful reverie about creatures that might come out at night, reminiscent of Where the Wilds Things Are. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "L'Objet Launches Haas Brothers Tableware Collection," 11 Mar. 2019 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

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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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