Definition of reveille in English:

reveille

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈvali
 
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noun

[in singular]
  • A signal sounded especially on a bugle or drum to wake personnel in the armed forces: reveille was at 0430 hours
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    • At five o'clock in the morning, the reveille sounds and prisoner Ivan Denisovich Shukov lies in his bunk, wondering if he should get up.
    • With an affectionate gaze at his sober colleague, the prudent maidservant removes the wine-bottle, while a trumpeter at the door satirically sounds the reveille.
    • As the bugler played the reveille he finished his salute and walked past the Pool of Remembrance where a crowd had gathered.

Origin

mid 17th century: from French réveillez! 'wake up!', imperative plural of réveiller, based on Latin vigilare 'keep watch'.

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