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[shiv-uh-ree] /ˌʃɪv əˈri/
a mock serenade with kettles, pans, horns, and other noisemakers given for a newly married couple; charivari.
Informal. an elaborate, noisy celebration.
verb (used with object), shivareed, shivareeing.
to serenade with a shivaree.
Origin of shivaree
1835-45, Americanism; alteration of Mississippi Valley French, French charivari charivari Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Scales had fixed up for a crowd of hoodlums to shivaree them as they went.

    Yellowstone Nights Herbert Quick
  • I came to tell you that there's a scheme to raise—to 'shivaree' you two, tonight.

    Lonesome Land B. M. Bower
  • It isn't so long, though, since you were just as determined to stay and have the shivaree, you remember.

    Lonesome Land B. M. Bower
  • "I'll never get married again; at least not in the land of the shivaree," I told White Mountain as we tried to repair the damage.

    I Married a Ranger Dama Margaret Smith
  • I looked around for a means of defense, but the Chief told me not to be alarmed—it was merely a "shivaree."

    I Married a Ranger Dama Margaret Smith
  • Another time, we went to Mannheim and attended a shivaree—otherwise an opera—the one called "Lohengrin."

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Jest the same it 'ud sure surprise me if we didn't git some sort of a shivaree pahty afteh nightfall.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • Often the young men, stimulated with more or less “moonshine,” add the literally stunning compliment of a shivaree.

    Our Southern Highlanders Horace Kephart
  • I wanted to keep Man sober, and I tried to get him and his wife out of town before that shivaree of yours was pulled off.

    Lonesome Land B. M. Bower
  • I wonder what poor old Elder Edkins would say now if he caught sight of me in this shivaree.

    Lone Pine

    R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
British Dictionary definitions for shivaree


noun (US & Canadian)
a discordant mock serenade to newlyweds, made with pans, kettles, etc
a confused noise; din
Also (esp dialect) charivari
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shivaree

1843, earlier sherrie-varrie (1805), alteration of charivari. Century Dictionary describes it as "vulgar, southern U.S.;" OED describes it as "U.S. and Cornwall."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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