- 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 reveries
He flashes with anger—especially when his reveries are interrupted—dwells on death, and experiences curious lapses of memory.The Best Debut of 2011
February 7, 2011
He could resign himself to his reveries, and pursue them into new subtleties day by day.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I have a thousand reveries and schemes about them, and their future destiny.The Letters of Robert Burns
But he had his solemnities and she had her reveries, her lurid, violent, crude reveries.Chance
Now, while such were Barrington's reveries, his sister took a different turn.Barrington
Charles James Lever
Rugs on which there was peace; sofas on which there was ease; étagères on which there were reveries.The Paliser case
- 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 reveries
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.