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.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616)
      Our revels now are ended.
    • 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter II, The Younger Set:
      "I ought to arise and go forth with timbrels and with dances; but, do you know, I am not inclined to revels? There has been a little—just a very little bit too much festivity so far …. Not that I don't adore dinners and gossip and dances; not that I do not love to pervade bright and glittering places. []"
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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.
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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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