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or rev·er·y

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

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


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1. abstraction, brown study.


noun, plural rev·er·ies.
  1. reverie.
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  • He could resign himself to his reveries, and pursue them into new subtleties day by day.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • I have a thousand reveries and schemes about them, and their future destiny.

  • But he had his solemnities and she had her reveries, her lurid, violent, crude reveries.


    Joseph Conrad

  • Now, while such were Barrington's reveries, his sister took a different turn.


    Charles James Lever

  • Rugs on which there was peace; sofas on which there was ease; étagères on which there were reveries.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

British Dictionary definitions for reveries



noun plural -eries
  1. an act or state of absent-minded daydreamingto fall into a reverie
  2. a piece of instrumental music suggestive of a daydream
  3. archaic a fanciful or visionary notion; daydream
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Word Origin

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 reveries



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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