- 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 reveling
So, 2014 is about coming home to these wines and reveling in one of the greatest things a wine can be: familiar.What to Drink in 2014: 13 Chefs and Critics Picks
January 11, 2014
“I would like to rest, and welcome the possibility of reveling in obscurity,” he told reporters as he left office.Mandela: The Miracle Maker
December 5, 2013
Hillary Rodham Clinton must be reveling in the latest round of Republican fratricide.How to Beat Hillary: End the Republican Fratricide
August 5, 2013
I sink down onto him … reveling in the fullness of my possession, reveling in his reaction, watching him unravel beneath me.Speed Read: 12 Naughty Bits From ‘50 Shades Darker’
May 4, 2012
Do scientists implicitly understand the idea of reveling in revision?Stuart Firestein, Author of ‘Ignorance,’ Says Not Knowing Is the Key to Science
April 22, 2012
Tyndall, reveling in the strength of his position, grew bolder.Grove of the Unborn
Berlin was Susy's first real taste of society, and she was reveling in it.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
"Relatives, perhaps," hazarded Patricia, reveling in Elinor's conversion.Miss Pat at School</p>
It seemed to me that the whole spirit and quality of the reveling was summarized.Women's Wild Oats
C. Gasquoine Hartley
Well, thats what I am living in, reveling in now—yes, for the first time in my life.The Woman Gives</p>
- (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 reveling
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.