- a state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing: lost in reverie.
- a daydream.
- a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea: reveries that will never come to fruition.
- Music. an instrumental composition of a vague and dreamy character.
Origin of reverie
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Examples from the Web for reverie
When asked what dessert was like, Goldblum simply pauses, wide-eyed, in reverie.Jeff Goldblum Says Justin Bieber Should Play Him in ‘Jurassic Park’ Reboot
March 8, 2014
Often the reverie rolled on deep into the night, an unflagging, unredundant product of the raconteurial mind.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull
March 8, 2014
Now shaken from his reverie, stunned, Paterno walked over to the golf cart and crouched and shook the hand of the champ.The Stacks: The True Greatness of Muhammad Ali
February 23, 2014
My reverie is quickly interrupted: As I stuff the python into the bag, it spews out a variety of secretions.How to Catch a Giant Python
February 28, 2010
The president hung up, holding his cards, which snapped me out of a reverie that this was extreme multitasking even for him.Speed Read: The Clinton Tapes
The Daily Beast
September 29, 2009
Halson roused himself from the reverie in which he was sitting with glazed eyes.Quaint Courtships
Each one of his words lulled and prolonged the reverie of Angelique.The Dream
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.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
Virginia started from her reverie, but held the volume fast.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
- an act or state of absent-minded daydreamingto fall into a reverie
- a piece of instrumental music suggestive of a daydream
- archaic a fanciful or visionary notion; daydream
Word Origin and History for reverie
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.