What does riot mean?

Definitions for riotˈraɪ ət

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word riot.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. riot, public violence(noun)

    a public act of violence by an unruly mob

  2. rioting, riot(noun)

    a state of disorder involving group violence

  3. belly laugh, sidesplitter, howler, thigh-slapper, scream, wow, riot(noun)

    a joke that seems extremely funny

  4. orgy, debauch, debauchery, saturnalia, riot, bacchanal, bacchanalia, drunken revelry(verb)

    a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity

  5. riot(verb)

    take part in a riot; disturb the public peace by engaging in a riot

    "Students were rioting everywhere in 1968"

  6. carouse, roister, riot(verb)

    engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking

    "They were out carousing last night"


  1. riot(Noun)

    Wanton or unrestrained behavior; uproar; tumult.

  2. riot(Noun)

    Excessive and expensive feasting; wild and loose festivity; revelry.

  3. riot(Noun)

    The tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by an unlawful assembly of three or more persons in the execution of some private object.

  4. riot(Verb)

    To create or take part in a riot.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Riot(noun)

    wanton or unrestrained behavior; uproar; tumult

  2. Riot(noun)

    excessive and exxpensive feasting; wild and loose festivity; revelry

  3. Riot(noun)

    the tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by an unlawful assembly of three or more persons in the execution of some private object

  4. Riot(verb)

    to engage in riot; to act in an unrestrained or wanton manner; to indulge in excess of luxury, feasting, or the like; to revel; to run riot; to go to excess

  5. Riot(verb)

    to disturb the peace; to raise an uproar or sedition. See Riot, n., 3

  6. Riot(verb)

    to spend or pass in riot

  7. Origin: [OF. rioter; cf. OD. ravotten.]


  1. Riot

    Riot was an American heavy metal band founded in New York City in 1975 by guitarist Mark Reale. Reaching a peak in popularity in the early 80s, the band has continued a long-running successful career. Riot has toured with AC/DC, Molly Hatchet, Sammy Hagar, Kiss, Vandenberg, Black Sabbath and Rush among others. Riot's sound initially started out as straightforward heavy metal, but since their 1988 release Thundersteel their musical direction has been more along the lines of power metal.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Riot

    rī′ot, n. uproar: tumult: a disturbance of the peace: excessive feasting: luxury.—v.i. to brawl: to raise an uproar: to run to excess in feasting, behaviour, &c.: to be highly excited: to throw into a tumult: to annoy.—ns. Rī′oter; Rī′oting; Rī′otise (Spens.), riot, extravagance.—adj. Rī′otous, engaging in riot: seditious: tumultuous: luxurious: wanton.—adv. Rī′otously.—ns. Rī′otousness; Rī′otry.—Riot Act, a statute designed to prevent riotous assemblies.—Run riot, to act without restraint or control. [Fr. riotte; ety. dub.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'riot' in Nouns Frequency: #2008

Anagrams for riot »

  1. trio

  2. tiro

  3. roti

  4. tori


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of riot in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of riot in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Penn:

    Passion is the mob of the man, that commits a riot upon his reason.

  2. Ken Jones:

    We don't want to come off heavy-handed, yet, i don't think anyone is going to cause a riot.

  3. Gerard Risacher:

    We're not used to seeing so many riot police vans ahead of rugby games but it’s reassuring.

  4. Doug Norwood:

    They overcharged him, they tried to get him for inciting a riot. The video did not show any of that.

  5. Kelsey Jones:

    It could be there because there are all these pathogens, and if you take away the (inflammatory) immune response, the pathogens run riot.

Images & Illustrations of riot

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Translations for riot

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • عصيان, شغبArabic
  • Krawall, Aufruhr, Tumult, RandaleGerman
  • ταραχήGreek
  • alborotoSpanish
  • شورشPersian
  • mellakka, hulina, mellakoida, rähinä, hulinoidaFinnish
  • émeuteFrench
  • խռովություն, ապստամբությունArmenian
  • cagnara, bordello, tumulto, schiamazzo, gazzarra, parapiglia, subbuglio, bailamme, baccano, trambusto, baraondaItalian
  • 動乱, 暴動, 狼藉, 騒乱Japanese
  • luxuriaLatin
  • revolta, algazarra, tumultuar, tumulto, revoltar, turbulênciaPortuguese
  • восстание, бунт, разгул, беспорядки, мятежRussian
  • kravall, tumult, upprorSwedish

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