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revel

[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 make merry; indulge in boisterous festivities.
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noun
  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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Related Words

rejoice, bask, enjoy, wallow, rollick, riot, carouse, savor, crow, relish, delight, luxuriate, gloat, indulge, lark, roister, frolic, roll, thrive

Examples from the Web for revelled

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  • True child of Alsace, he revelled in local folklore and legend.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • It was the sort of thing he would have revelled in three or four years earlier.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • There I revelled at will amidst the wildest flights of my fancy.

    Sir Jasper Carew

    Charles James Lever

  • He revelled in the extreme purity of his heart, and he would not go back to her.

  • He revelled in his new wisdom while he sat by the man he had killed.

    Tales of Unrest

    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for revelled

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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noun
  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

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

revel

n.

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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revel

v.

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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