Definition of reverie in English:


Syllabification: rev·er·ie
Pronunciation: /ˈrevərē


  • 1A state of being pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts; a daydream: a knock on the door broke her reverie I slipped into reverie
    More example sentences
    • My pleasant reverie was broken by Mike tugging at my arm and pleading: ‘Can I have a bike, Dad, please?’
    • The laughter of my children finally broke my reverie.
    • Trains however, sway gently through the landscape and lull one into a pleasant reverie.
    daydream, daydreaming, trance, musing; inattention, inattentiveness, woolgathering, preoccupation, absorption, abstraction, lack of concentration
  • 1.1 Music An instrumental piece suggesting a dreamy or musing state.
    More example sentences
    • The album splits between twisted, skewed rock anthems and eerie reveries such as the whispery ‘Someone's in the Wolf’.
    • Sal describes the jazz reverie of the pianist, Slim Galliard.
    • Certainly the singer could hardly make a bigger contrast with the leader's light-footed oud playing or Mirabassi's clarinet reveries, at times hardly seeming to disturb the air.
  • 1.2 archaic A fanciful or impractical idea or theory.
    More example sentences
    • Yet there is also no denying the fact that most of these fancy reveries were introduced into China quite late, since the 1930s.
    • We now take a more cynical, or at least a more bemused, view of such analogistic reveries, for we recognize that the cosmos, in all its grandness, does not exist for us or as a mirror of our centrality in the scheme of universal things.
    • Which brought me again to my whole reverie about steel: As much as we prize things in this culture, we do not much fetishize the process by which they were made.


early 17th century: from obsolete French resverie, from Old French reverie 'rejoicing, revelry', from rever 'be delirious', of unknown ultimate origin.

More definitions of reverie

Definition of reverie in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kərf
a slit made by cutting with a saw