verb (used without object), rev·eled, rev·el·ing or (especially British) rev·elled, rev·el·ling.
- to take great pleasure or delight (usually followed by in): to revel in luxury.
- to make merry; indulge in boisterous festivities.
- boisterous merrymaking or festivity; revelry.
- Often revels. an occasion of merrymaking or noisy festivity with dancing, masking, etc.
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (intr)
- (foll by in) to take pleasure or wallowto revel in success
- to take part in noisy festivities; make merry
- (often plural) an occasion of noisy merrymaking
- a less common word for revelry
late 14c., “riotous merry-making,” from Old French revel “entertainment, revelry,” verbal noun from reveler “be disorderly, make merry” (see revel (v.)). Related: Revels; revel-rout.
early 14c., “to feast in a noisy manner;” late 14c., “take part in revels,” from Old French reveler, also rebeller “be disorderly, make merry; rebel, be riotous,” from Latin rebellare “to rebel” (see rebel (v.)). The meaning “take great pleasure in” first recorded 1754. Related: Reveled; reveling; revelled; revelling.