charivari

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English[edit]

The cover of the first issue (1841) of the British satirical magazine Punch, or the London Charivari

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From French charivari.

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charivari (countable and uncountable, plural charivaris)

  1. The noisy banging of pots and pans as a mock serenade to a newly married couple, or similar occasion.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 94:
      The marriage ceremony was given primordial significance over folkloric pre-marriage engagement rituals and wild charvaris.
  2. Any loud, cacophonous noise or hubbub.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps Latin caribaria, from carivaria, perhaps from Ancient Greek καρηβάρεια (karēbareia, headache).

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charivari m (plural charivaris)

  1. charivari, shivaree, mock serenade of discordant noise, notably to heckle a publicly reviled figure
  2. A racket, banging in general, rumpus