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revelry

[rev-uh l-ree]
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noun, plural rev·el·ries.
  1. reveling; boisterous festivity: Their revelry could be heard across the river.
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Origin of revelry

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at revel, -ry

Synonyms

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merrymaking, celebration, carousal, spree.
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Examples from the Web for revelry

Historical Examples

  • They come to life and retire to the hall for feasting and revelry.

    Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 13, June 25, 1870

    Various

  • Sounds of revelry and triumph are heard from the Pirate Isle.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • It was the Carnival week again—the mad blaspheming week of revelry and devilry.

  • Sounds of revelry and the odor of stale beer come out of it.

    'Charge It'

    Irving Bacheller

  • Sounds of revelry continued to pour in through the street window.

    Nan of Music Mountain

    Frank H. Spearman


British Dictionary definitions for revelry

revelry

noun plural -ries
  1. noisy or unrestrained merrymaking
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Word Origin and History for revelry

n.

"act of reveling; merrymaking, boisterous festivity, amusement," early 15c., from revel (n.) + -ery.

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