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


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.

Nearby words

  1. revealed religion,
  2. revealed theology,
  3. revealing,
  4. revealment,
  5. revegetate,
  6. revel,
  7. revelation,
  8. revelation, book of,
  9. revelationist,
  10. revelative

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reveille


/ (rɪˈvælɪ) /


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



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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