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revel  (ˈrɛvəl



-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 (British) (slang), carouse, live it up (informal), push the boat out (British) (informal), whoop it up (informal), make merry, paint the town red (informal), large it (British) (slang), go on a spree, roister
= merrymaking, party, celebration, rave (British) (slang), gala, spree, festivity, beano (British) (slang), debauch, saturnalia, bacchanal, rave-up (British) (slang), jollification, carousal, hooley or hoolie (mainly Irish) ( & New Zealand), 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'

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)
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
Both Julie and Marie seemed to revel in his old-fashioned chivalry.
Tapply, William G A Rodent of Doubt


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