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revery

[rev-uh-ree]
noun, plural rev·er·ies.
  1. reverie.
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reverie

or rev·er·y

[rev-uh-ree]
noun
  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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Examples from the Web for revery

Historical Examples

  • Kate's anxieties, when she at last hinted them to Malbone, only sent him further into revery.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • He started from his revery with a vehement gesture, and groaned audibly.

  • And with this profound bit of moralizing, he sipped his glass in revery.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • "Here 's your breakfast," said the jailer, as he stopped the course of my revery.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • He started up from his revery, and, taking his stick, issued from the room.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore

    Charles James Lever


British Dictionary definitions for revery

reverie

revery

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 revery

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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