Origin of charivari
Examples from the Web for charivari
The first of his poems that appeared was called "The Charivari."Barn and the Pyrenees
Louisa Stuart Costello
Landells, introduced to him by Last, approached him on the subject of the "Charivari."The History of "Punch"
M. H. Spielmann
Then he published in the Charivari an open letter to the king.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 2 (of 4)
Some of the charivari party had to fly, or they might have ended their days in the penitentiary.
A few days after the charivari affair, Mrs. D—— stepped in to see me.
shivaree or esp US chivaree
- a discordant mock serenade to newlyweds, made with pans, kettles, etc
- a confused noise; din
Word Origin and History for charivari
"rough music," especially as a community way of expressing disapproval of a marriage match, 1735, from French charivari, from Old French chalivali "discordant noise made by pots and pans" (14c.), from Late Latin caribaria "a severe headache," from Greek karebaria "headache," from kare "head" + barys "heavy" (see grave (adj.)).