reverie

or rev·er·y

[ rev-uh-ree ]
/ ˈrɛv ə ri /

noun

a state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing: lost in reverie.
a daydream.
a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea: reveries that will never come to fruition.
Music. an instrumental composition of a vague and dreamy character.

Nearby words

  1. reverend mother,
  2. reverent,
  3. reverential,
  4. reverentially,
  5. reverently,
  6. revers,
  7. reversal,
  8. reversal film,
  9. reversal plate,
  10. reversal process

Origin of reverie

1325–75; Middle English < Old French reverie, derivative of rever to speak wildly. See rave1, -ery

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British Dictionary definitions for reverie

reverie

revery

/ (ˈrɛvərɪ) /

noun plural -eries

an act or state of absent-minded daydreamingto fall into a reverie
a piece of instrumental music suggestive of a daydream
archaic a fanciful or visionary notion; daydream

Word Origin for reverie

C14: from Old French resverie wildness, from resver to behave wildly, of uncertain origin; see rave 1

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Word Origin and History for reverie

reverie

n.

mid-14c., reuerye, "wild conduct, frolic," from Old French reverie, resverie "revelry, raving, delirium" (Modern French rêverie), from resver "to dream, wander, rave" (12c., Modern French rêver), of uncertain origin (also the root of rave). Meaning "daydream" is first attested 1650s, a reborrowing from French. As a type of musical composition, it is attested from 1880. Related: Reverist.

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