Origin of charivariFrench from Late Latin caribaria, headache from Classical Greek kar?baria, heaviness in the head from kar?, variant, variety of kara, head ( from Indo-European base an unverified form ker-, head, horn) + barys, heavy: see grave
- Regional See shivaree.
- An introductory piece at the beginning of a circus, featuring all the performers who will be appearing later in the show.
Origin of charivariFrench from Old French perhaps from Late Latin carībaria headache from Greek karēbariā karē head ; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots. barus heavy ; see gwerə-1 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural charivaris)
From French charivari.