Definition of carouse in English:


Syllabification: ca·rouse
Pronunciation: /kəˈrouz


[no object]
Drink plentiful amounts of alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way: they danced and caroused until the drink ran out (as noun carousing) a night of carousing
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  • The Middleton Guardian was told that up to 60 vandals regularly invade the grounds and spend the whole night drinking and carousing, leaving a trail of dangerous debris in their wake.
  • He looked weary and about three years older - like he had just spent an entire night carousing through Detroit and drinking to his heart's content.
  • He is a respectable businessman now but when we were young we terrorised Glasgow's nightclubs, drinking, carousing and doing a lot else I can't mention.
drink and make merry, go on a drinking bout, go on a spree;
revel, celebrate, roister
informal party, booze, go boozing, binge, go on a binge, go on a bender, paint the town red, rave, whoop it up
archaic wassail


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A noisy, lively drinking party: corporate carouses
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  • The Last Supper, or a mere carouse as Ivan had called it (which caused his confinement in the dark shed), came to the apogee.


mid 16th century: originally as an adverb meaning 'all out, completely' in the phrase drink carouse, from German gar aus trinken; hence 'drink heavily, have a drinking bout'.



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  • At university, both plunged into a side-life of journalism and nocturnal carousal.


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  • The air is warm and still enough that I didn't even need a sweater, and the sidewalks were already lined with carousers.
  • These verses have been quoted by Arab carousers though the centuries.
  • From the table of rowdy carousers came a loud voice.

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