revel

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English revelen, from Old French revel, from reveler (to be disorderly, to make merry), from Latin rebello (to rebel)

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revel (plural revels)

  1. An instance of merrymaking; a celebration.
    • Shakespeare
      Our revels now are ended.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 2/5, The Younger Set[1]:
      “I ought to arise and go forth with timbrel and with dances ; but, do you know, I am not inclined to revels ? [] not that I don't adore dinners and gossip and dances ; […]”
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revel (third-person singular simple present revels, present participle revelling or reveling, simple past and past participle revelled or reveled)

  1. To make merry; to have a gay, lively time.
    • 1997, The Art of Practicing, a Guide to Making Music from the Heart
      Slowing down doesn't have to feel like holding back. It can be an opportunity to revel in sounds and sensations, to not be so concerned about where we are going but to enjoy the moment and become comfortable where we are.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Latin revellere; re- + vellere (to pluck, pull).

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revel (third-person singular simple present revels, present participle revelling, simple past and past participle revelled)

  1. (obsolete) To draw back; to retract.
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Noun[edit]

revel (plural revels)

  1. (architecture) Alternative form of reveal.

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