- 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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Examples from the Web for reveled
He states them with a musical cadence and then brings them out one by one to be examined, dissected and reveled in.Why George Carlin Deserves His Own Street
October 21, 2014
For a period of time, Italians reveled in the fact that they had a leader who seemed normal.Florentine Mayor Matteo Renzi to Lead Italy
Barbie Latza Nadeau
February 14, 2014
Whether TTP had actually engineered the massacre was unclear, but they reveled in the fear and publicity it generated.Death on Killer Mountain
July 6, 2013
Sullivan says he “reveled in the discovery of how freeing it could be to meet people while wearing a mask.”11 Juiciest Bits From ‘Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson’
November 14, 2012
Today, Laughlin lives a reclusive life far from the Hollywood music scene that she and Clarkson reveled in years ago.Phil Spector’s Unlikely Defender
November 2, 2012
He would have torn the other to pieces and reveled in the doing.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
"Issy" was a lover of certain kinds of literature and reveled in lurid fiction.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
She laughed, she ran, she reveled in being just her care-free, girlish self.The Wall Street Girl
Frederick Orin Bartlett
He reveled in his power; but it is not recorded that he ever abused it.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
Who has not reveled in the pleasure229 accompanying the memories of past joys?The Mind and Its Education
George Herbert Betts
- (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 reveled
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.