intr.v. rev·eled, rev·el·ing, rev·els also rev·elled or rev·el·ling
1. To take great pleasure or delight: She reveled in her unaccustomed leisure.
2. To engage in uproarious festivities; make merry.
n. often revels
A boisterous festivity or celebration; merrymaking.
[Middle English revelen, to carouse, from Old French reveler, to rebel, carouse, from Latin rebellāre, to rebel; see REBEL.]
revel·er, revel·ler n.
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