From Middle English raven (“to rave; talk like a madman”), from Old French raver, variant of resver, of uncertain origin. Compare rove.
rave (countable and uncountable, plural raves)
- An enthusiastic review (such as of a play).
- 1989, The New York Times Theater Reviews, 1920-, volume 18, page 167:
- The first-night audience, yes. The first-night reviewers, not exactly. The notices have so far been mixed, only The Financial Times having delivered itself of an unequivocal rave.
- An all-night dance party with electronic dance music (techno, trance, drum and bass etc.) and possibly drug use.
- (music, uncountable) The genres of electronic dance music usually associated with rave parties.
- 2009, Chrysalis Experiential Academy, Mind Harvesting, page 109:
- Maybe I wear baggies / And white socks with flip-flops / Maybe I don't like listening to rave / And I'm not on the social mountaintops
- → Finnish: reivit (pl)
rave (third-person singular simple present raves, present participle raving, simple past and past participle raved)
- To wander in mind or intellect; to be delirious; to talk or act irrationally; to be wild, furious, or raging.
- 1712 (date written), [Joseph] Addison, Cato, a Tragedy. […], London: […] J[acob] Tonson, […], published 1713, →OCLC, Act I, scene iv, page 1:
- 1849–1861, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 13, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify |volume=I to V), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, →OCLC:
- The mingled torrent of redcoats and tartans went raving down the valley to the gorge of Killiecrankie.
- To speak or write wildly or incoherently.
- 1925 July – 1926 May, A[rthur] Conan Doyle, “(please specify the chapter number)”, in The Land of Mist (eBook no. 0601351h.html), Australia: Project Gutenberg Australia, published April 2019:
- "She is in trance. Your daughter, sir, is a powerful medium." "A medium! You are raving."
- To talk with unreasonable enthusiasm or excessive passion or excitement; followed by about, of, or (formerly) on.
- He raved about her beauty.
- 1812, Lord Byron, “Canto I”, in Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. A Romaunt, London: Printed for John Murray, […]; William Blackwood, Edinburgh; and John Cumming, Dublin; by Thomas Davison, […], →OCLC, stanza LXII:
- The hallowed scene / Which others rave on, though they know it not.
- 1846 October 1 – 1848 April 1, Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son, London: Bradbury and Evans, […], published 1848, →OCLC:
- “A beautiful country!”
“I suppose it is. Everybody says so.”
“Your cousin Feenix raves about it, Edith,” interposed her mother from her couch.
- (obsolete) To rush wildly or furiously.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, “Book III, Canto VIII”, in The Faerie Queene. […], London: […] [John Wolfe] for William Ponsonbie, →OCLC:
- Under a mightie rocke, gainst which do rave
The roaring billowes in their proud disdaine
- To attend a rave (dance party).
- → Finnish: reivata
English dialect raves, or rathes (“a frame laid on a wagon, for carrying hay, etc.”).
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rave (plural raves)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “rave”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)
Inherited from Old Catalan rave, from Latin raphănus, borrowed from Ancient Greek ῥάφανος (rháphanos). The medieval plural ravens (with retention of etymological /n/) survives in western Catalan dialects and Valencian.
rave m (plural raves or ravens)
- (figurative) trifle (thing of little importance or worth)
- ^ “rave”, in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana, 2023
- ^ “rave” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.
- “rave” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
- “rave” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
rave (imperative rav, infinitive at rave, present tense raver, past tense ravede, perfect tense har ravet)
- first-person singular present indicative of raven
- (archaic) singular present subjunctive of raven
- imperative of raven
Borrowed from a southern Gallo-Romance language (compare Occitan raba and Franco-Provençal râva; a native French form would have been *rève), from Latin rāpa, plural of rāpum, reinterpreted as a feminine singular. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *rap-. Compare Italian rapa and Venetian rava.
rave m (plural raves)
rave m (plural raves)
- rave party
- Synonym: rave party
- “rave”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- rave in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
- Alternative form of reif
Unadapted borrowing from English rave.
rave f (plural raves)
- rave (party)
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