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reveille

[rev-uh-lee; British ri-val-ee]
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noun
  1. a signal, as of a drum or bugle, sounded early in the morning to awaken military personnel and to alert them for assembly.
  2. a signal to arise.
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Origin of reveille

1635–45; < French réveillez, plural imperative of réveiller to awaken, equivalent to r(e)- re- + éveiller, Old French esveillierLatin ēvigilāre to watch, be vigilant (ē- e-1 + vigilāre to watch; see vigil)
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  • How different from what was passing around him, where the drummers were beating the reveille!

    Winning His Way

    Charles Carleton Coffin

  • We could distinctly hear the reveille of the rebel troops, and the hum of their camps.

  • Friday morning, December 20th, reveille was held in the rain at 5:45 o'clock.

    The Delta of the Triple Elevens

    William Elmer Bachman

  • September 30th was one of the days reveille sounded at 4:30 a. m.

    The Delta of the Triple Elevens

    William Elmer Bachman

  • When the reveille sounded the next morning we were leaving camp.

    A Soldier's Life

    Edwin G. Rundle


British Dictionary definitions for reveille

reveille

noun
  1. a signal, given by a bugle, drum, etc, to awaken soldiers or sailors in the morning
  2. the hour at which this takes place
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Also called (esp US): rouse

Word Origin

C17: from French réveillez! awake! from re- + Old French esveillier to be wakeful, ultimately from Latin vigilāre to keep watch; see vigil
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Word Origin and History for reveille

n.

1640s, from French réveillez-vous "awaken!" imperative plural of réveiller "to awaken, to wake up," from Middle French re- "again" (see re-) + eveiller "to rouse," from Vulgar Latin *exvigilare, from Latin ex- "out" + vigilare "be awake, keep watch" (see vigil).

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