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[rev-uh l] /ˈrɛv əl/
verb (used without object), reveled, reveling or (especially British) revelled, revelling.
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
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
2. celebrate, carouse, roister, caper. Unabridged
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  • For he danced and revelled, and practised every kind of intemperance and debauchery.

  • He had revelled in the tale of Chum's wickedness; he had adored him for being so conceited.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • On they leaped, sparkling and flashing beneath their ice-crowned banks, rejoicing as they revelled on in their lonely course.

    Roughing it in the Bush Susanna Moodie
  • She revelled in all the evil ironies of triumphant adultery.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • We revelled in this unwonted profusion, and afterwards rode into the valley, which smiled upon us in verdant luxuriance.

  • I revelled in it, and in a few weeks I was ready with the revised plans.

  • I am quite impatient to meet the friends in whose good company Mr. Armstrong revelled before his present reincarnation.

    The Spell William Dana Orcutt
  • Cain and Curtis revelled in the task of philanthropic destruction.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
  • Gora Dwight was a very ambitious woman and revelled in the authority that fame and success had brought her.

    Black Oxen Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for revelled


verb (intransitive) -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
(foll by in) to take pleasure or wallow: to revel in success
to take part in noisy festivities; make merry
(often pl) an occasion of noisy merrymaking
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 revelled



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.

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