noun, plural cha·ri·va·ris, verb (used with object), cha·ri·va·ried, cha·ri·va·ri·ing.
Origin of charivari
Examples from the Web for charivari
If there was one there were fifty big locomotives waiting to charivari the McWilliams Special.The Nerve of Foley|Frank H. Spearman
A few days after the charivari affair, Mrs. D—— stepped in to see me.Roughing it in the Bush|Susanna Moodie
This custom is said to have been practised especially in France, and it was called a charivari.A History of Caricature and Grotesque|Thomas Wright
During the years when he drew for the Charivari, Gavarni was the exact opposite of Daumier.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 2 (of 4)|Richard Muther
It is hardly necessary to explain that a mismatch—of a young and an old person—is the usual pretext for a charivari.
British Dictionary definitions for charivari
shivaree or esp US chivaree
Word Origin for charivari
Word Origin and History for charivari
"rough music," especially as a community way of expressing disapproval of a marriage match, 1735, from French charivari, from Old French chalivali "discordant noise made by pots and pans" (14c.), from Late Latin caribaria "a severe headache," from Greek karebaria "headache," from kare "head" + barys "heavy" (see grave (adj.)).