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revel

[rev-uh l] /ˈrɛv əl/
verb (used without object), reveled, reveling or (especially British) revelled, revelling.
1.
to take great pleasure or delight (usually followed by in):
to revel in luxury.
2.
to make merry; indulge in boisterous festivities.
noun
3.
boisterous merrymaking or festivity; revelry.
4.
Often, revels. an occasion of merrymaking or noisy festivity with dancing, masking, etc.
Origin of revel
1275-1325
1275-1325; (v.) Middle English revelen < Old French reveler to raise tumult, make merry < Latin rebellāre to rebel; (noun) Middle English < Old French, derivative of reveler
Related forms
reveler; especially British, reveller, noun
revelment, noun
unreveling, adjective
unrevelling, adjective
Synonyms
2. celebrate, carouse, roister, caper.
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  • Tyndall, reveling in the strength of his position, grew bolder.

    Grove of the Unborn Lyn Venable
  • Berlin was Susy's first real taste of society, and she was reveling in it.

  • "Relatives, perhaps," hazarded Patricia, reveling in Elinor's conversion.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther
  • 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

    Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for reveling

revel

/ˈrɛvəl/
verb (intransitive) -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
1.
(foll by in) to take pleasure or wallow: to revel in success
2.
to take part in noisy festivities; make merry
noun
3.
(often pl) an occasion of noisy merrymaking
4.
a less common word for revelry
Derived Forms
reveller, noun
revelment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French reveler to be merry, noisy, from Latin rebellāre to revolt, rebel
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Word Origin and History for reveling

revel

n.

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.

revel

v.

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.

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