revel

verb
rev·​el | \ ˈre-vəl How to pronounce revel (audio) \
reveled or revelled; reveling or revelling\ ˈre-​və-​liŋ How to pronounce revel (audio) , ˈrev-​liŋ \

Definition of revel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to take part in a revel : carouse
2 : to take intense pleasure or satisfaction reveled in the quiet after everyone had gone

revel

noun

Definition of revel (Entry 2 of 2)

: a usually wild party or celebration

Synonyms for revel

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of revel in a Sentence

Verb reveling all night is not conducive to a productive next day at work Noun in Finland, Midsummer Day ushers in a nationwide revel as the Finns celebrate the endless hours of sunlight with bonfires and parties
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Much of the league seemed to revel in the stumbles of cocksure college coach. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 16 Dec. 2021 To revel in what to many Iraqis is the true, enduring character of Baghdad, far removed from political turmoil and security concerns. New York Times, 18 Dec. 2021 There was little time for J. Player & Son to revel in the triumph. Daniel Miller Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 Dec. 2021 But fears of possible infections didn’t deter fans old and young who flocked to Grant Park to revel in the sounds of artists like Megan Thee Stallion and Miley Cyrus. Britt Julious, chicagotribune.com, 8 Dec. 2021 Such a comprehensive beating — Michigan 42, Iowa 3 — left plenty of time for the maize-and-blue faithful to revel in the school’s first Big Ten title since 2004. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 5 Dec. 2021 Our firm has invested in video marketing, to revel in the potential. Expert Panel, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 Roars of laughter surged throughout the crowd during the screening, with cast members standing up to revel in their favorite moments along with the fans. Jennifer Yuma, Variety, 24 Oct. 2021 Amid the disappointment of the county's low vaccination numbers, local public health officials do their best to revel in successes. Mary Lynn Smith, Star Tribune, 10 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Throughout this in vino veritas revel, every sip of Jack Daniels and every comestible gives the partiers sustenance. Armond White, National Review, 1 Oct. 2021 Keep this amazing flavor combination going in your next baking session by making some revel bars or giving your chocolate chip cookies a peanut butter upgrade. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Oct. 2020 This year, Mardi Gras was a harbinger: according to official counts, attendance at the revel, which spanned a week in late February, was down by about twenty per cent compared with 2019. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 28 Aug. 2020 Chipotle takes on the swagger of a financial dom and revels in telling you to cough up an extra $2, you little worm. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, 10 Feb. 2020 Each fight scene revels in largely unbroken camera shots, allowing us to marvel in Robbie pulling off a surprising number of her own martial-arts stunts. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 7 Feb. 2020 Instead, Eurocrats, diplomats and hangers-on revel in stereotyping that would make a 1970s sitcom writer blush. The Economist, 11 Jan. 2020 The story and its characters possess a mythic power, and Hurston revels in the grittiness and majesty of black culture, especially its vivid dialogue. John J. Miller, National Review, 5 Dec. 2019 Letter revels in bantering with the judges and is at ease in nerve-racking court sessions of hypothetical, rapid-fire questioning, said Matt Collette, who was Letter’s deputy at the Justice Department. Washington Post, 25 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of revel

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for revel

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French reveler, literally, to rebel, from Latin rebellare

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The first known use of revel was in the 14th century

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14 Jan 2022

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“Revel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revel. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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revel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of revel

: a noisy and wild celebration

revel

verb
rev·​el | \ ˈre-vəl How to pronounce revel (audio) \
reveled or revelled; reveling or revelling

Kids Definition of revel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to take great pleasure He reveled in his success.

revel

noun

Kids Definition of revel (Entry 2 of 2)

: a noisy or merry celebration

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