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[rev-uh-ree] /ˈrɛv ə ri/
noun, plural reveries.


or revery

[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. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for revery
Historical Examples
  • Kate's anxieties, when she at last hinted them to Malbone, only sent him further into revery.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • He started from his revery with a vehement gesture, and groaned audibly.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • And with this profound bit of moralizing, he sipped his glass in revery.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • "Here 's your breakfast," said the jailer, as he stopped the course of my revery.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • He started up from his revery, and, taking his stick, issued from the room.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • I was still lost in revery, when an under-agent of my uncle's rode up.

  • In the midst of his revery a sound from outside startled him.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • Starting from a revery, Whispering Smith reached for the warrant.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • She was awakened from her revery, and found Lord Frederick Lawnly by her side.

    A Simple Story Mrs. Inchbald
  • It was easy and effective, but seemed to be more favorable to revery than conversation.

    Devil's Ford Bret Harte
British Dictionary definitions for revery


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 revery



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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