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verb (used without object), rev·eled, rev·el·ing or (especially British) rev·elled, rev·el·ling.
  1. to take great pleasure or delight (usually followed by in): to revel in luxury.
  2. to make merry; indulge in boisterous festivities.
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  1. boisterous merrymaking or festivity; revelry.
  2. Often revels. an occasion of merrymaking or noisy festivity with dancing, masking, etc.
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Origin of revel

1275–1325; (v.) Middle English revelen < Old French reveler to raise tumult, make merry < Latin rebellāre to rebel; (noun) Middle English < Old French, derivative of reveler
Related formsrev·el·er; especially British, rev·el·ler, nounrev·el·ment, nounun·rev·el·ing, adjectiveun·rev·el·ling, adjective

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[rey-vuh l; Russian rye-vyil]
  1. former Russian name of Tallinn.
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Related Words for revel

rejoice, bask, festivity, carouse, saturnalia, bacchanal, gaiety, debauch, carousal, jollity, wassail, gala, merriment, party, spree, frolic, whoopee, skylarking, jollification, reveling

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Historical Examples of revel

  • For a few moments I could revel in the marvellous spectacle before me.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • They go bare-headed in the broiling sun, and seem to revel in the heat.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • The wind was fair, and carried him in four days to Revel Roads.

  • "And when you achieve the fine loaf, you may revel in home-made rolls," I answered.

    Culture and Cooking

    Catherine Owen

  • The more unprotected and helpless a woman is, the more they revel in it.

British Dictionary definitions for revel


verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (intr)
  1. (foll by in) to take pleasure or wallowto revel in success
  2. to take part in noisy festivities; make merry
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  1. (often plural) an occasion of noisy merrymaking
  2. a less common word for revelry
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Derived Formsreveller, nounrevelment, noun

Word Origin for revel

C14: from Old French reveler to be merry, noisy, from Latin rebellāre to revolt, rebel
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Word Origin and History for revel


late 14c., "riotous merry-making," from Old French revel "entertainment, revelry," verbal noun from reveler "be disorderly, make merry" (see revel (v.)). Related: Revels; revel-rout.

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early 14c., "to feast in a noisy manner;" late 14c., "take part in revels," from Old French reveler, also rebeller "be disorderly, make merry; rebel, be riotous," from Latin rebellare "to rebel" (see rebel (v.)). The meaning "take great pleasure in" first recorded 1754. Related: Reveled; reveling; revelled; revelling.

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