from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Regional See shivaree. See Regional Note at shivaree.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The noisy banging of pots and pans as a mock serenade to a newly married couple, or similar occasion.
- n. Any loud, cacophonous noise or hubbub.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A mock serenade of discordant noises, made with kettles, tin horns, etc., designed to annoy and insult; -- called also shivaree.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mock serenade, with kettles, horns, etc., intended as an annoyance or insult.
- n. [capitalized] The name of a satirical journal founded in Paris in 1832.
- To treat to a charivari.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a noisy mock serenade (made by banging pans and kettles) to a newly married couple
French, from Old French, perhaps from Late Latin carībaria, headache, from Greek karēbariā : karē, head; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots + barus, heavy; see gwerə-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French charivari. (Wiktionary)