shivaree

[ shiv-uh-ree ]
/ ˌʃɪv əˈri /

noun

a mock serenade with kettles, pans, horns, and other noisemakers given for a newly married couple; charivari.
Informal. an elaborate, noisy celebration.

verb (used with object), shiv·a·reed, shiv·a·ree·ing.

to serenade with a shivaree.

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Origin of shivaree

1835–45, Americanism; alteration of Mississippi Valley French, French charivaricharivari
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British Dictionary definitions for shivaree

shivaree
/ (ˌʃɪvəˈriː) /

noun US and Canadian

a discordant mock serenade to newlyweds, made with pans, kettles, etc
a confused noise; din
Also (esp dialect): charivari
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