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shivaree

[shiv-uh-ree]
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noun
  1. a mock serenade with kettles, pans, horns, and other noisemakers given for a newly married couple; charivari.
  2. Informal. an elaborate, noisy celebration.
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verb (used with object), shiv·a·reed, shiv·a·ree·ing.
  1. to serenade with a shivaree.
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Origin of shivaree

1835–45, Americanism; alteration of Mississippi Valley French, French charivari charivari
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Examples from the Web for shivaree

Historical Examples

  • Scales had fixed up for a crowd of hoodlums to shivaree them as they went.

    Yellowstone Nights

    Herbert Quick

  • I came to tell you that there's a scheme to raise—to 'shivaree' you two, tonight.

    Lonesome Land

    B. M. Bower

  • It isn't so long, though, since you were just as determined to stay and have the shivaree, you remember.

    Lonesome Land

    B. M. Bower

  • "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 Married a Ranger

    Dama Margaret Smith

  • I looked around for a means of defense, but the Chief told me not to be alarmed—it was merely a "shivaree."

    I Married a Ranger

    Dama Margaret Smith


British Dictionary definitions for shivaree

shivaree

noun US and Canadian
  1. a discordant mock serenade to newlyweds, made with pans, kettles, etc
  2. a confused noise; din
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Also (esp dialect): charivari
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Word Origin and History for shivaree

n.

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."

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