- a mock serenade with kettles, pans, horns, and other noisemakers given for a newly married couple; charivari.
- Informal. an elaborate, noisy celebration.
- to serenade with a shivaree.
Origin of shivaree
1835–45, Americanism; alteration of Mississippi Valley French, French charivari charivari
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Examples from the Web for shivaree
Scales had fixed up for a crowd of hoodlums to shivaree them as they went.Yellowstone Nights
I came to tell you that there's a scheme to raise—to 'shivaree' you two, tonight.
It isn't so long, though, since you were just as determined to stay and have the shivaree, you remember.
"I'll never get married again; at least not in the land of the shivaree," I told White Mountain as we tried to repair the damage.
I looked around for a means of defense, but the Chief told me not to be alarmed—it was merely a "shivaree."
- a discordant mock serenade to newlyweds, made with pans, kettles, etc
- a confused noise; din
Also (esp dialect): charivari
Word Origin and History for shivaree
1843, earlier sherrie-varrie (1805), alteration of charivari. Century Dictionary describes it as "vulgar, southern U.S.;" OED describes it as "U.S. and Cornwall."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper