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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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  • At this Miss Polly acted as if she had been aroused from a dream or a revery.

    Gabriel Tolliver Joel Chandler Harris
  • Perhaps it had only touched some note in unison with her revery.

  • Musa, having satisfied hunger, sat with his long eyelashes cast down in dreamy Oriental revery.

    God Wills It! William Stearns Davis
  • Visions come to the prophet at night in dreams, or in a revery at daytime.

  • A step sounded on the verandah, and the Bishop concluded his revery abruptly.

    Civilization Ellen Newbold La Motte
  • Then she went to her little chamber and sat down in a sort of revery.

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • But the man addicted to revery forms his own landscapes and colours his own skies.

    Kenelm Chillingly, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • An hour slid by, and then she started from her revery with a sudden thought.

  • He had kept his eyes fixed on the table as in a revery, and had scarcely spoken a word.

    Round the Block John Bell Bouton
  • The gypsy's song had disturbed Gringoire's revery as the swan disturbs the water.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
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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