- to take great pleasure or delight (usually followed by in): to revel in luxury.
- to make merry; indulge in boisterous festivities.
- boisterous merrymaking or festivity; revelry.
- Often revels. an occasion of merrymaking or noisy festivity with dancing, masking, etc.
Origin of revel
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- former Russian name of Tallinn.
Examples from the Web for revel
Much like the Taj Mahal, Revel opened in classically gaudy Atlantic City style in April 2012—with a sunrise Champagne toast.I Watched a Casino Kill Itself: The Awful Last Nights of Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal
December 8, 2014
The Revel casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, was equipped with a particularly elaborate video system.
The second leak came shortly after Revel went bust and shut down on September 2.
Lately, Richard Dawkins seems to scan the world for sore spots, take a good poke, and revel in the ensuing outcry.Richard Dawkins Would Fail Philosophy 101
August 28, 2014
Revel in Wild West lore at the Pony Express National Museum and Jesse James Home Museum in St Joseph, just outside KC.The U.S. Road Trips You Should Really Take
April 26, 2014
They go bare-headed in the broiling sun, and seem to revel in the heat.
For a few moments I could revel in the marvellous spectacle before me.
The wind was fair, and carried him in four days to Revel Roads.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
"And when you achieve the fine loaf, you may revel in home-made rolls," I answered.Culture and Cooking
The more unprotected and helpless a woman is, the more they revel in it.Joy (First Series Plays)
- (foll by in) to take pleasure or wallowto revel in success
- to take part in noisy festivities; make merry
- (often plural) an occasion of noisy merrymaking
- a less common word for revelry
Word Origin and History for revel
late 14c., "riotous merry-making," from Old French revel "entertainment, revelry," verbal noun from reveler "be disorderly, make merry" (see revel (v.)). Related: Revels; revel-rout.
early 14c., "to feast in a noisy manner;" late 14c., "take part in revels," from Old French reveler, also rebeller "be disorderly, make merry; rebel, be riotous," from Latin rebellare "to rebel" (see rebel (v.)). The meaning "take great pleasure in" first recorded 1754. Related: Reveled; reveling; revelled; revelling.