Crowds of people revel at the Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans every year.
- The definition of a revel is a loud celebration.
An example of revel is Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
- Revel is defined as to celebrate loudly or to take great pleasure in something.
An example of revel is partying during Mardi Gras.
intransitive verb-·eled or -·elled, -·el·ing or -·el·ling
- to make merry; be noisily festive
- to take much pleasure; delight (in): to revel in one's freedom
Origin of revelMiddle English revelen from Middle French reveler, to revel, literally , to rebel from Classical Latin rebellare: see rebel
- boisterous festivity; merrymaking; revelry
- [often pl.] an occasion of merrymaking or boisterous festivity; celebration
Origin of revelME < MFr < the v.
intransitive verbrev·eled, rev·el·ing, rev·els, also rev·elled rev·el·ling
- To take great pleasure or delight: She reveled in her unaccustomed leisure.
- To engage in uproarious festivities; make merry.
Origin of revelMiddle English revelen to carouse from Old French reveler to rebel, carouse from Latin rebellāre to rebel ; see rebel .
- rev′el·er rev′el·ler
(third-person singular simple present revels, present participle revelling or reveling, simple past and past participle revelled or reveled)
(third-person singular simple present revels, present participle revelling, simple past and past participle revelled)
- (obsolete) To draw back; to retract.
- (architecture) Alternative form of reveal.
Latin revellere; re- + vellere (“to pluck, pull").