reveille

[ rev-uh-lee; British ri-val-ee ]
/ ˈrɛv ə li; British rɪˈvæl i /
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noun

a signal, as of a drum or bugle, sounded early in the morning to awaken military personnel and to alert them for assembly.
a signal to arise.

Origin of reveille

1635–45; < French réveillez, plural imperative of réveiller to awaken, equivalent to r(e)- re- + éveiller, Old French esveillierLatin ēvigilāre to watch, be vigilant (ē- e-1 + vigilāre to watch; see vigil)
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reveille

/ (rɪˈvælɪ) /

noun

a signal, given by a bugle, drum, etc, to awaken soldiers or sailors in the morning
the hour at which this takes place
Also called (esp US): rouse

Word Origin for reveille

C17: from French réveillez! awake! from re- + Old French esveillier to be wakeful, ultimately from Latin vigilāre to keep watch; see vigil
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Word Origin and History for reveille

reveille


n.

1640s, from French réveillez-vous "awaken!" imperative plural of réveiller "to awaken, to wake up," from Middle French re- "again" (see re-) + eveiller "to rouse," from Vulgar Latin *exvigilare, from Latin ex- "out" + vigilare "be awake, keep watch" (see vigil).

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