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[rev-uh-ree] /ˈrɛv ə ri/
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
1325-75; Middle English < Old French reverie, derivative of rever to speak wildly. See rave1, -ery
1. abstraction, brown study.


[rev-uh-ree] /ˈrɛv ə ri/
noun, plural reveries.
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Examples from the Web for reveries
Contemporary Examples
  • He flashes with anger—especially when his reveries are interrupted—dwells on death, and experiences curious lapses of memory.

Historical Examples
  • 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.

  • But he had his solemnities and she had her reveries, her lurid, violent, crude reveries.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • 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 Edgar Saltus
  • A muffled outburst of profanity from Kenneth aroused her from her reveries.

    The Mask

    Arthur Hornblow
  • Absorbed in these reveries, I did not notice particularly where Kennedy was hurrying me.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • The reveries of each were satisfying and pregnant with happiness.

    The Wall Between

    Sara Ware Bassett
  • It appeared that he had reached the subject of his reveries.

    Good Blood Ernst Von Wildenbruch
British Dictionary definitions for reveries


noun (pl) -eries
an act or state of absent-minded daydreaming: to fall into a reverie
a piece of instrumental music suggestive of a daydream
(archaic) a fanciful or visionary notion; daydream
Word Origin
C14: from Old French resverie wildness, from resver to behave wildly, of uncertain origin; see rave1
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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