- to take great pleasure or delight (usually followed by in): to revel in luxury.
- to make merry; indulge in boisterous festivities.
- boisterous merrymaking or festivity; revelry.
- Often revels. an occasion of merrymaking or noisy festivity with dancing, masking, etc.
Origin of revel
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Examples from the Web for revelled
It was a circle of exceptionally bright teenagers who revelled equally in wit and in culture.Why World War I Is at the Heart of ‘Lord of the Rings’
July 29, 2014
True child of Alsace, he revelled in local folklore and legend.In the Heart of Vosges
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.An Outcast of the Islands
He revelled in his new wisdom while he sat by the man he had killed.Tales of Unrest
- (foll by in) to take pleasure or wallowto revel in success
- to take part in noisy festivities; make merry
- (often plural) an occasion of noisy merrymaking
- a less common word for revelry
Word Origin and History for revelled
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.
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.