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[rev-uh-lee; British ri-val-ee] /ˈrɛv ə li; British rɪˈvæl i/
a signal, as of a drum or bugle, sounded early in the morning to awaken military personnel and to alert them for assembly.
a signal to arise.
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) Unabridged
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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
  • Friday morning, December 20th, reveille was held in the rain at 5:45 o'clock.

    The Delta of the Triple Elevens William Elmer Bachman
  • We could distinctly hear the reveille of the rebel troops, and the hum of their camps.

    The Citizen-Soldier John Beatty
  • 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
  • Just then the reveille sounded, and the camp was quickly astir.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • Washington, escaped from their snares, was sounding the reveille at Princeton.

    The Campaign of Trenton 1776-77 Samuel Adams Drake
  • Not the reveille that sweetens with its sounds The soldier's hardy life.

    Life Immovable Kostes Palamas
British Dictionary definitions for reveille


a signal, given by a bugle, drum, etc, to awaken soldiers or sailors in the morning
the hour at which this takes place
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

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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