verb (used without object), ca·roused, ca·rous·ing.

to engage in a drunken revel: They caroused all night.
to drink deeply and frequently.


Origin of carouse

1550–60; variant of garouse < German gar aus (trinken) (to drink) fully out, i.e. drain the cup; compare Middle French carous < dialectal German gar ūs
Related formsca·rous·er, nounca·rous·ing·ly, adverbun·ca·rous·ing, adjective

Synonyms for carouse

1. revel, celebrate, drink; live it up. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for carouse

play, riot, imbibe, drink, revel, booze, wassail, roister, frolic, quaff

Examples from the Web for carouse

Historical Examples of carouse

  • Not one of the party could ever recollect exactly how the carouse terminated.


    Emile Zola

  • When José and the German had their nights of carouse we went there and locked ourselves in.

    The Treasure Trail

    Marah Ellis Ryan

  • Indeed, he had been unearthed from a midnight carouse at a questionable restaurant.

    The Minister of Evil

    William Le Queux

  • I think they were abashed at that, for they tried to laugh it off, and go on with their carouse.

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • The day was ending, as holidays often did, in a sort of carouse.

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

British Dictionary definitions for carouse



(intr) to have a merry drinking spree; drink freely


another word for carousal
Derived Formscarouser, nouncarousing, noun

Word Origin for carouse

C16: via French carrousser from German (trinken) gar aus (to drink) right out
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for carouse

1550s, from Middle French carousser "drink, quaff, swill," from German gar aus "quite out," from gar austrinken; trink garaus "to drink up entirely." Frequently also as an adverb in early English usage (to drink carouse).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper