Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To treat to a charivari.
  • noun [capitalized] The name of a satirical journal founded in Paris in 1832.
  • noun A mock serenade, with kettles, horns, etc., intended as an annoyance or insult.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A mock serenade of discordant noises, made with kettles, tin horns, etc., designed to annoy and insult; -- called also shivaree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The noisy banging of pots and pans as a mock serenade to a newly married couple, or similar occasion.
  • noun Any loud, cacophonous noise or hubbub.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a noisy mock serenade (made by banging pans and kettles) to a newly married couple

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Old French, perhaps from Late Latin carībaria, headache, from Greek karēbariā : karē, head; see ker- in Indo-European roots + barus, heavy; see gwerə- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French charivari.

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