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revel (ˈrɛvəl Pronunciation for revel



-els, -elling, -elled, (US) -els, -eling, -eled (intransitive)
  1. (followed by in) to take pleasure or wallow   ⇒ to revel in success
  2. to take part in noisy festivities; make merry


  1. (often plural) an occasion of noisy merrymaking
  2. a less common word for revelry

Derived Forms

ˈreveller, (US) ˈreveler noun
ˈrevelment noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French reveler to be merry, noisy, from Latin rebellāre to revolt, rebel


View thesaurus entry
= celebrate, rave, carouse, live it up, push the boat out, whoop it up, make merry, paint the town red, large it, go on a spree, roister
= merrymaking, party, celebration, rave, gala, spree, festivity, beano, debauch, saturnalia, bacchanal, rave-up, jollification, carousal, hooley or hoolie, carouse

Translations for 'revel'

  • British English: revel If you revel in a situation or experience, you enjoy it very much. VERBRevelling in her freedom, she took a hotel room and stayed for several days.to revel in sth
  • Brazilian Portuguese: desfrutar
  • Chinese: 陶醉
  • European Spanish: gozar
  • French: se délecter
  • German: genießen
  • Italian: provare piacere
  • Japanese: とても喜ぶ
  • Korean: 한껏 즐기다
  • Portuguese: desfrutar
  • Spanish: gozar

Example Sentences Including 'revel'

Both Julie and Marie seemed to revel in his old-fashioned chivalry.
Tapply, William G A Rodent of Doubt
Bring your tent and sleeping bag, and revel in the springs by candlelight.
Globe and Mail (2003)
In the previous forty-eight hours there had been a communal decision by the troops to revel in the delights that victory offered.
Oliver Poole BLACK KNIGHTS: On the Bloody Road to Baghdad (2003)
Instead, all cultural institutions can do is to revel in'diversity ', by promoting different kinds of art and competing judgements.
Spiked (2004)
Rather than appearing self-indulgent - a distinct danger - this capacity to revel in their own incompetence is actually rather endearing.
Independent (1999)
The almost all-Canadian cast sings really well and seems to revel in the demanding score.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Yet when I came through the woods last Thursday morning, I heard a woman singing a song whose whole point was to revel in those sins.
Hilton, John Buxton Passion in the Peak
You know Albert would rather eat his own head than miss an opportunity to revel in a bit of doom and gloom.
Bénédicte Newland and Pascale Smets AND GOD CREATED THE AU PAIR (2005)


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