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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)



revel (plural revels)

  1. An instance of merrymaking; a celebration.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616)
      Our revels now are ended.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter II, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 24962326:
      "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.
  2. To take delight in.
    • 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).


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

  1. (obsolete) To draw back; to retract.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Harvey to this entry?)


revel (plural revels)

  1. (architecture) Alternative form of reveal