What does REVEL mean?

Definitions for REVEL
ˈrɛv əlrev·el

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. revel, revelryverb

    unrestrained merrymaking

  2. delight, enjoy, revelverb

    take delight in

    "he delights in his granddaughter"

  3. revel, racket, make whoopie, make merry, make happy, whoop it up, jollify, wassailverb

    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!"


  1. revelnoun

    An instance of merrymaking; a celebration.

  2. revelverb

    To make merry; to have a gay, lively time.

  3. Etymology: From revelen, from revel, from reveler, from rebello

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Revelnoun

    A feast with loose and noisy jollity.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Let them pinch th’ unclean knight,
    And ask him, why, that hour of fairy revel,
    In their so sacred paths he dares to tread? William Shakespeare.

    They could do no less but, under your fair conduct,
    Crave leave to view these ladies, and intreat
    An hour of revels with them. William Shakespeare.

  2. To Revelverb

    To retract; to draw back.

    Etymology: revello, Lat.

    Those, who miscarry, escape by their flood, revelling the humours from their lungs. Gideon Harvey.

  3. To REVELverb

    Etymology: Stephen Skinner derives it from reveiller, Fr. to awake; Mr. Lye from raveelen, Dutch, to rove loosely about, which is much countenanced by the old phrase, revel-rout.

    My honey love,
    Will we return unto thy father’s house,
    And revel it as bravely as the best. William Shakespeare.

    We’ll keep no great ado —— a friend or two.
    Tybalt being slain so late,
    It may be thought we held him carelessly,
    Being our kinsman, if we revel much. William Shakespeare.

    Antony, that revels long o’ nights,
    Is up. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    We shall have revelling to-night;
    I will assume thy part in some disguise. William Shakespeare.

    He can report you more odd tales
    Of our outlaw Robin Hood,
    That revell’d here in Sherewood,
    Though he ne’er shot in his bow. Ben Jonson.

    Were the doctrine new,
    That the earth mov’d, this day would make it true;
    For every part to dance and revel goes,
    They tread the air, and fall not where they rose. John Donne.

    Whene’er I revel’d in the women’s bow’rs;
    For first I sought her but at looser hours:
    The apples she had gather’d smelt most sweet. Matthew Prior.


  1. revel

    Revel, used as a verb, means to take great pleasure or delight in a particular situation, experience or activity. It often refers to joyful participation in celebrations, festivities or indulgences. As a noun, revel is the act of taking part in such celebrations or activities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Revelnoun

    see Reveal

  2. Revelverb

    a feast with loose and noisy jollity; riotous festivity or merrymaking; a carousal

  3. Revelverb

    to feast in a riotous manner; to carouse; to act the bacchanalian; to make merry

  4. Revelverb

    to move playfully; to indulge without restraint

  5. Revelverb

    to draw back; to retract

  6. Etymology: [OF. reveler to revolt, rebel, make merry, fr. L. rebellare. See Rebel.]


  1. Revel

    Revel is the first official release by the Richmond, Virginia, based Pat McGee Band.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Revel

    rev′el, v.i. to feast in a riotous or noisy manner: to carouse.—v.i. to draw back:—pr.p. rev′elling; pa.t. and pa.p. rev′elled.n. a riotous feast: carousal: a kind of dance: a wake.—ns. Rev′el-coil, Rev′el-dash (obs.), a wild revel; Rev′eller, one who takes part in carousals: a low liver; Rev′el-mas′ter, the director of Christmas revels: the lord of misrule; Rev′elment; Rev′el-rout, lawless revelry; Rev′elry, riotous or noisy festivity. [O. Fr. reveler—L. rebellāre, to rebel.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Revel

    or Reval (52), capital of the government of Esthonia, in Russia, is a flourishing seaport on the S. side of the Gulf of Finland, 232 m. W. of St. Petersburg; has a castle, fortifications, cathedral, mediæval antiquities, &c.; chiefly engaged in commerce; exports largely oats and other cereals, spirits, flax, &c.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. revel

    A Russian province, said to have been conquered by the Teutonic knights in the 12th century; after various changes it was ceded to Sweden by the treaty of Oliva in 1660, and finally to Russia by the peace of Nystadt in 1721, having been conquered by Peter in 1710.

  2. revel

    A strongly fortified seaport town of Russia, government of Esthonia, on a small bay on the south side of the Gulf of Finland, 200 miles west-southwest from St. Petersburg. It was long held by the Teutonic Knights; was made over to Sweden in 1562; bombarded by the Danish and Lübeck fleets in 1569; besieged by Peter the Great, and annexed to the Russian empire in 1710. In 1713 a naval harbor, in addition to the commercial harbor, was founded.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. REVEL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Revel is ranked #31107 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Revel surname appeared 746 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Revel.

    80.2% or 599 total occurrences were White.
    10.4% or 78 total occurrences were Black.
    6.3% or 47 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 13 total occurrences were of two or more races.

Anagrams for REVEL »

  1. lever

  2. elver

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of REVEL in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of REVEL in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of REVEL in a Sentence

  1. Stuart Moskovitz:

    No game ends in the first quarter, obviously we will be appealing. There's a lot still going on, including settlement talks with Revel.

  2. Tarana Burke:

    This is not a moment to revel in how the mighty have fallen but instead in how the silenced have spoken up, stood together and survived, weinstein's arrest, for the women who have accused Harvey Weinstein and others like them around the world, I'm sure feels like a moment of catharsis and it should serve as a cautionary tale for others like [ Morgan ] Freeman and every day people who toe the line between unacceptable and criminal behavior.

  3. Richard A. Stone:

    Sift through my insanity and revel in my greatness

  4. Scott C. Holstad:

    There's a big hole in people, even the long legged ones, and they eat and eat because they don't want to die; at least they want to revel in their misery for one more day, and they look back at me with suspicious eyes and then they go back to their dead life and dream of peace and love and compassion, and I continue to stare at them in a blurred stupor.

  5. District Judge Dabney Friedrich:

    It seems like you wanted to be the big guy, the important guy, the first guy to go to trial... the first guy up there, to revel in the press, you want to be an important person who makes a difference, and yet you are going about it in all the wrong ways.

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