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reverie

or rev·er·y

[rev-uh-ree]
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noun
  1. a state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing: lost in reverie.
  2. a daydream.
  3. a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea: reveries that will never come to fruition.
  4. Music. an instrumental composition of a vague and dreamy character.

Origin of reverie

1325–75; Middle English < Old French reverie, derivative of rever to speak wildly. See rave1, -ery

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1. abstraction, brown study.
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  • Halson roused himself from the reverie in which he was sitting with glazed eyes.

  • Each one of his words lulled and prolonged the reverie of Angelique.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • His reverie was broken abruptly by the jangling supper-bell.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • He was roused from his reverie by the arrival of Selina's letter.

  • Virginia started from her reverie, but held the volume fast.


British Dictionary definitions for reverie

reverie

revery

noun plural -eries
  1. an act or state of absent-minded daydreamingto fall into a reverie
  2. a piece of instrumental music suggestive of a daydream
  3. archaic a fanciful or visionary notion; daydream

Word Origin

C14: from Old French resverie wildness, from resver to behave wildly, of uncertain origin; see rave 1
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Word Origin and History for reverie

n.

mid-14c., reuerye, "wild conduct, frolic," from Old French reverie, resverie "revelry, raving, delirium" (Modern French rêverie), from resver "to dream, wander, rave" (12c., Modern French rêver), of uncertain origin (also the root of rave). Meaning "daydream" is first attested 1650s, a reborrowing from French. As a type of musical composition, it is attested from 1880. Related: Reverist.

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