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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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  • True child of Alsace, he revelled in local folklore and legend.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • It was the sort of thing he would have revelled in three or four years earlier.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • There I revelled at will amidst the wildest flights of my fancy.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • He revelled in the extreme purity of his heart, and he would not go back to her.

  • He revelled in his new wisdom while he sat by the man he had killed.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • Was this to be the end of the brilliant dream I had so often revelled in?

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • He revelled in the beautiful woods so often devastated by forest fires.

    Robert Louis Stevenson Margaret Moyes Black
  • They arrived at a dwelling and there they drank and revelled.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • The Warlock drank and drank, revelled and revelled, and then grew angry.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
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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