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Origin of raillery

1645–55; < French raillerie, equivalent to Middle French raill(er) to rail2 + -erie -ery

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1. jesting, joking, badinage, chaff, pleasantry.
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noun plural -leries
  1. light-hearted satire or ridicule; banter
  2. an example of this, esp a bantering remark

Word Origin for raillery

C17: from French, from railler to tease, banter; see rail ²
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Word Origin and History for raillery

"good-humored ridicule," 1650s, from rail (v.) + -ery, or perhaps from French raillerie, from Middle French railler "to tease" (see rail (v.1)).

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