AskDefine | Define revel

Dictionary Definition

revel n : unrestrained merrymaking [syn: revelry]


1 take delight in; "he delights in his granddaughter" [syn: delight, enjoy]
2 celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; engage in uproarious festivities; "The members of the wedding party made merry all night"; "Let's whoop it up--the boss is gone!" [syn: racket, make whoopie, make merry, make happy, whoop it up, jollify, wassail] [also: revelling, revelled]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. An instance of merry-making; a celebration.
    • Our revels now are ended. -- Shakespeare


An instance of merry-making; a celebration


  1. To make merry; to have a gay, lively time.
    • 1997 The Art of Practicing, a Guid to Making Music from the Heart
      Slowing down doesn't have to feel like holding back. It can be an opportunity to revel in sounds and sensations, to not be so concerned about where we are going but to enjoy the moment and become comfortable where we are.



Derived terms

Extensive Definition

  • Revel may refer to:



  • Bernard Revel (1885-1940), rabbi and the first president of Yeshiva University
  • Jean-François Revel (1924-2006), French intellectual known for his 2002 book, Anti-Americanism


revel in German: Revel
revel in French: Revel
revel in Italian: Revel
revel in Dutch: Revel
revel in Polish: Revel
revel in Portuguese: Revel

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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