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

intransitive verb

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


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: a usually wild party or celebration

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
This time of year can be especially isolating when those around us are seemingly joyful, happily shopping, baking, and reveling at festive get-togethers from mid-December through the New Year. Melissa Willets, Parents, 20 Dec. 2023 Burnet shared with Entertainment Tonight that her late partner — who died on Aug. 26 at age 99 — would have reveled and joked about making it to 100. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 14 Dec. 2023 Hustlers resolved long reveling beneath our hot star. Mitchell S. Jackson, New York Times, 20 Dec. 2023 There were hors d’oeuvres and liquor, and all the brass was going to come back there to revel. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Nov. 2023 Although puzzlers qualify for the event on a national level, most attend just for fun and for the community — to revel with people who share in the same nerdy delight. Siobhan Roberts Chloë Ellingson, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2023 The red-roomed supper club's pianist was joined by the band, where ringmasters, cotton candy vendors, caged plush tigers, models on stilt walkers, balloon-animal artists, and plate-spinning clowns reveled into the wee hours. Vogue, 28 Oct. 2023 Old and new friends jumped up and down, reveling the swirl of the bass-heavy beats. Isabel Debre, Fortune, 9 Oct. 2023 Although no West Bank uprising materialized, Hamas propagandists were still revelling days later in a triumph measured in bloodshed. David D. Kirkpatrick, The New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2023
These chocolate, nut, and oat revel bars are an all-time favorite of many on the Better Homes & Gardens staff. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Feb. 2023 The Breen office was hip to the scam Hollywood always played in the gangster pictures — revel for 85 minutes in the gunplay, fast cars, cool clothes, and slinky molls before exacting a crime-does-not-pay penalty in the last five minutes. Thomas Doherty, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 July 2023 The comedy follows four young lovers and a bumbling band of players in an enchanted forest realm of fairies and moonlight revels. The Courier-Journal, 2 June 2023 On the interior of the cup, a bearded man and a woman in partial dress recline on a couch at a symposium, or drinking revel. Tom Mashberg, New York Times, 19 Apr. 2023 Daniel Lee Gallegos and his band Sangre Joven of Las Vegas, N.M., hold jam sessions on Facebook for the nuevomexicano diaspora, and Carlos Medina, a comedian and musician, revels in the dialect’s playful creativity. Simon Romero Desiree Rios, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2023 There’s a loose message about accepting differences and opening your minds to new ways of thinking, but this show revels in the best sort of old-fashioned nonsense served in a deliciously entertaining way. Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel, 6 Apr. 2023 This project revels in the music fandom that makes Del Rey such a genius herself. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 30 Mar. 2023 And again, no drama at the second revel. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 1 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Revel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
rev·​el ˈrev-əl How to pronounce revel (audio)
reveled or revelled; reveling or revelling -(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce revel (audio)
: to take part in a revel : be noisy in a festive manner
: to take great delight in something
reveler noun
or reveller


2 of 2 noun
: a noisy or merry celebration

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