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[rev-uh l-ree] /ˈrɛv əl ri/
noun, plural revelries.
reveling; boisterous festivity:
Their revelry could be heard across the river.
Origin of revelry
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at revel, -ry
merrymaking, celebration, carousal, spree. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They come to life and retire to the hall for feasting and revelry.

  • Sounds of revelry and triumph are heard from the Pirate Isle.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • It was the Carnival week again—the mad blaspheming week of revelry and devilry.

  • Sounds of revelry and the odor of stale beer come out of it.

    'Charge It' Irving Bacheller
  • Sounds of revelry continued to pour in through the street window.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
  • Go into that hall of revelry, where ungodly mirth staggers and blasphemes.

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
  • But evening is the time also for revelry, for drink, for passion.

  • Once more the Traynor residence was filled with the sounds of mirth and revelry.

    The Mask

    Arthur Hornblow
  • The arrival of the guests, the welcomes, and the "revelry" of the assembly.

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Literature Ontario Ministry of Education
  • The camp was still astir, and there were sounds of feasting and revelry.

    The Grateful Indian W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for revelry


noun (pl) -ries
noisy or unrestrained merrymaking
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for revelry

"act of reveling; merrymaking, boisterous festivity, amusement," early 15c., from revel (n.) + -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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