- Hiram Rhoades [rohdz] /roʊdz/, 1822–1901, U.S. clergyman, educator, and politician: first black senator 1870–71.
- 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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- former Russian name of Tallinn.
Examples from the Web for revels
They will do it,” Revels declared, “as certainly as the sun shines in the heavens.The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate
January 7, 2015
Clooney revels in the freedom to work on projects he feels passionately about.Clooney: A Constant Charmer at the Altar
September 28, 2014
And she revels in causing discomfort in her conservative homeland.Japan’s Hypocritical Vagiphobia
July 16, 2014
I shot down to the hotel bar figuring I'd find 10 or 12 companions for a night of revels.Jack Germond and the Old Days
August 14, 2013
It is, to be sure, a stunt that has the added benefit of drawing the spotlight to Flynt, who revels in the attention.Larry Flynt’s X-Rated Plan to Expose Mitt Romney
September 11, 2012
If he is wicked and she can sort of make him over, like an old dress, she revels in the process.In the Midst of Alarms
By all means; but who makes the third partner in our revels?Symposium
The minstrel, like the fighters, revels in hard knocks and rough jests.The Balladists
One revels in expansiveness with his own, and I can speak to you as I cannot speak to another.'Lord Kilgobbin
There was a tradition that the ancient buccaneers had held their revels in it.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
- (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 revels
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.