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

  • intransitive v. To take great pleasure or delight: She reveled in her unaccustomed leisure.
  • intransitive v. To engage in uproarious festivities; make merry.
  • n. A boisterous festivity or celebration; merrymaking. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An instance of merrymaking; a celebration.
  • v. To make merry; to have a gay, lively time.
  • v. To draw back; to retract.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See reveal.
  • n. A feast with loose and noisy jollity; riotous festivity or merrymaking; a carousal.
  • intransitive v. To feast in a riotous manner; to carouse; to act the bacchanalian; to make merry.
  • intransitive v. To move playfully; to indulge without restraint.
  • transitive v. To draw back; to retract.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hold or take part in revels; join in merrymaking; indulge in boisterous festivities; carouse.
  • To dance; move with a light and dancing step; frolic.
  • To act lawlessly; wanton; indulge one's inclination or caprice.
  • To take great pleasure; feel an ardent and keen enjoyment; delight.
  • To spend in revelry.
  • To draw back or away; remove.
  • n. A merrymaking; a feast or festivity characterized by boisterous jollity; a carouse; hence, mirth-making in general; revelry.
  • n. Specifically— A kind of dance or choric performance often given in connection with masques or pageants; a dancing procession or entertainment: generally used in the plural.
  • n. An anniversary festival to commemorate the dedication of a church: a wake.
  • n. Synonyms Debauch, Spree, etc. See carousal.

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

  • v. take delight in
  • n. unrestrained merrymaking
  • v. celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; engage in uproarious festivities


Middle English revelen, to carouse, from Old French reveler, to rebel, carouse, from Latin rebellāre, to rebel; see rebel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English revelen, from Old French revel, from reveler ("to be disorderly, to make merry"), from Latin rebello ("to rebel") (Wiktionary)
Latin revellere; re- + vellere ("to pluck, pull"). (Wiktionary)



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  • Precise meaning is
    "to dance, drink, sing etc at a party or in public, especially in a noisy way"

    February 20, 2009