charivari

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search

English[edit]

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

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French charivari.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

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 charivaris.
  2. (by extension) Any loud, cacophonous noise or hubbub.

Synonyms[edit]

Related terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

Further reading[edit]


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French chalivali (noise from pots and pans), from Late Latin caribaria, from carivaria, from Ancient Greek καρηβάρεια (karēbáreia, headache), from κάρη (kárē, head) and βαρύς (barús, heavy).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʃa.ʁi.va.ʁi/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -i

Noun[edit]

charivari m (plural charivaris)

  1. (historical) charivari, shivaree (mock serenade of discordant noise, notably to heckle a publicly reviled figure)
  2. (by extension) racket, banging in general, rumpus
    Synonym: chahut
    • 1893, Émile Zola, “Le public”, in Édouard Manet, étude biographique et critique, page 365:
      Mettez dix personnes d’intelligence suffisante devant un tableau d’aspect neuf et original, et ces personnes, à elles dix, ne feront plus qu’un grand enfant ; elles se pousseront du coude, elles commenteront l’œuvre de la façon la plus comique du monde. Les badauds arriveront à la file, grossissant le groupe ; bientôt ce sera un véritable charivari, un accès de folie bête.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

Descendants[edit]

Further reading[edit]