Revelry is a wild, fun time. If you enjoy the revelry of a New Year's Eve party, you might pay for partying hard the next day.

The noun revelry means merrymaking, but because it comes from the French word reveler meaning to rebel, its tone indicates carousing or noisy partying. It's not your grandparents' tame, sedate cocktail party: revelry is a full-throttle festive gathering, where people outwardly enjoy themselves. In fact, a wild party was once called a "revel," though you don't hear that term used much today.

Definitions of revelry
  1. noun
    unrestrained merrymaking
    synonyms: revel
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    binge, bout, bust, tear
    an occasion for excessive eating or drinking
    bender, booze-up, carousal, carouse, toot
    revelry in drinking; a merry drinking party
    bacchanal, bacchanalia, debauch, debauchery, drunken revelry, riot, saturnalia
    a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
    noisy and boisterous revelry
    vulgar expression for a bout of heavy drinking
    type of:
    conviviality, jollification, merrymaking
    a boisterous celebration; a merry festivity
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