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Syllabification: rev·el
Pronunciation: /ˈrevəl

Definition of revel in English:

verb (revels, reveling, reveled ; chiefly British revels, revelling, revelled)

[no object]
1Enjoy oneself in a lively and noisy way, especially with drinking and dancing: (as noun reveling) a night of drunken reveling
More example sentences
  • At the festival, the people were revelling, drinking beer and wine and feasting on the sacrifices.
  • The assistant peered through the window and saw a group of Jews feasting, drinking, and reveling.
  • The couple were among 420 people who revelled late into the night at Freddie's Festive Fundraiser, in the grounds of Salisbury's Cathedral School, to help boost the coffers of Sargent Cancer Care for Children.
celebrate, make merry, have a party, carouse, roister, go on a spree
1.1 (revel in) Get great pleasure from (a situation or experience): Bill said he was secretly reveling in his new-found fame
More example sentences
  • Although I still have a lot to learn, I am revelling in the pleasures that my newfound blogger friends bring me.
  • Not 3 weeks ago you were revelling in how you had gained a probable vote from someone who had thought you a Labour candidate.
  • Carl Rushworth revelled in the situation and bagged four tries, while Ian Mansell touched down three times.
enjoy, delight in, love, like, adore, be pleased by, take pleasure in, appreciate, relish, lap up, savor
informal get a kick out of


(revels) Back to top  
Lively and noisy enjoyment, especially with drinking and dancing.
Example sentences
  • Meet the party girls whose revels raised £70 for Keighley Disabled People's Centre.
  • The revels originated years ago as a bank holiday festival for men who worked in the local quarries.
  • This vintage expression, which gives the movie its title, is uttered by Ince when he contemplates the revels Hearst has planned for the producer's birthday celebrations aboard the mogul's splendiferous yacht, the Oneida.
celebration, festivity, jollification, merrymaking, carousing, spree;
party, jamboree, hedonism
informal rave, shindig, bash, wingding, blast


late Middle English: from Old French reveler 'rise up in rebellion', from Latin rebellare 'to rebel'.

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