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.

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 forms

rev·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 revelled

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 Forms

reveller, 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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