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charivari

[ shiv-uh-ree, shiv-uh-ree, shuh-riv-uh-ree or, especially British, shahr-uh-vahr-ee ]
/ 藢蕛瑟v 蓹藞ri, 藞蕛瑟v 蓹藢ri, 蕛蓹藢r瑟v 蓹藞ri or, especially British, 藢蕛蓱r 蓹藞v蓱r i /
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noun, verb (used with object), plural cha路ri路va路ris,cha路ri路va路ried, cha路ri路va路ri路ing.
a variant of shivaree.
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Also chivaree, chivari [shiv-uh-ree, shiv-uh-ree] /藢蕛瑟v 蓹藞ri, 藞蕛瑟v 蓹藢ri/ .

Origin of charivari

<French, Middle French, of obscure origin; said to be <Late Latin car墨baria headache <Greek kar膿bar铆a, equivalent to kar膿-, combining form of k谩r膩,k谩r膿 head + -baria (bar(ys) heavy + -ia-ia), on the hypothesis that such a noisy procession would cause a headache
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British Dictionary definitions for charivari

charivari

shivaree or esp US chivaree

/ (藢蕛蓱藧r瑟藞v蓱藧r瑟) /

noun
a discordant mock serenade to newlyweds, made with pans, kettles, etc
a confused noise; din

Word Origin for charivari

C17: from French, from Late Latin caribaria headache, from Greek kar膿baria, from kar膿 head + barus heavy
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