[ rev-uhl ]
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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 indulge in boisterous festivities; celebrate.

  1. boisterous merrymaking or festivity; revelry.

  2. Often revels . an occasion of merrymaking or noisy festivity with dancing, masking, etc.

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

Other words for revel

Other words from revel

  • rev·el·er; especially British, rev·el·ler, noun
  • rev·el·ment, noun
  • un·rev·el·ing, adjective
  • un·rev·el·ling, adjective

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Other definitions for Revel (2 of 2)

[ rey-vuhl; Russian rye-vyil ]

  1. former Russian name of Tallinn. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use revel in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for revel


/ (ˈrɛvəl) /

verb-els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (intr)
  1. (foll by in) to take pleasure or wallow: to revel in success

  2. to take part in noisy festivities; make merry

  1. (often plural) an occasion of noisy merrymaking

  2. a less common word for revelry

Origin of revel

C14: from Old French reveler to be merry, noisy, from Latin rebellāre to revolt, rebel

Derived forms of revel

  • reveller, noun
  • revelment, noun

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