- 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 revelling
She is trifling with me, and very likely she is now revelling in her triumph.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Do you dream that, while you have been revelling, she has been idly whimpering in her chamber?
I left my carriage half a mile below, and have been revelling in the sun and air.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
And he went in to fight, revelling like a giant in the red lust of killing.Bob, Son of Battle
Alone with Jack I kept on along the steep trail, revelling in my freedom.A Wayfarer in China
- (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 revelling
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.