- 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
Synonyms for revel
Examples from the Web for reveller
Historical Examples of reveller
For every subscriber to the Libert there may well be an antique masker and reveller less.Italian Hours
On the ledge lay a violin, doubtless discarded by some reveller.The Divine Adventure etc. (Works vol. 4)
For just look at the reveller Alcibiades, how unbecomingly he behaves.
He was about to reply, but, at the instant, a reveller pushed him with a foot behind the knees so that they were sprung forward.Northern Lights
If some reveller in London had looked in on us at midnight he might easily have fancied himself at an Albert Hall dance.Caught by the Turks
- (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 for revel
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.