revel

[ rev-uhl ]
/ ˈrɛv əl /

verb (used without object), rev·eled, rev·el·ing or (especially British) rev·elled, rev·el·ling.

to take great pleasure or delight (usually followed by in): to revel in luxury.
to make merry; indulge in boisterous festivities.

noun

boisterous merrymaking or festivity; revelry.
Often revels. an occasion of merrymaking or noisy festivity with dancing, masking, etc.

Nearby words

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

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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British Dictionary definitions for reveling

revel

/ (ˈrɛvəl) /

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (intr)

(foll by in) to take pleasure or wallowto revel in success
to take part in noisy festivities; make merry

noun

(often plural) an occasion of noisy merrymaking
a less common word for revelry
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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