• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Revel-master the director of Christmas revels: the lord of misrule
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. reveler—L. rebellāre, to rebel.


In literature:

Opposite and near at hand, the lights gleamed from a palace in which the master now held his revels.
"The Last Days of Pompeii" by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
ATHENIAN: Must we not appoint a sober man and a wise to be our master of the revels?
"Laws" by Plato
I have revelations touching the King my master, and those I will not tell you.
"Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc" by Mark Twain
I can no longer live without elegance, but a countryman shall be my master of revels.
"Essays, Second Series" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
As for Tom Pipes, he was not so properly the attendant of Peregrine, as master of the revels of the whole school.
"The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, Volume I" by Tobias Smollett
Now will it revel in its feast of slaughter, Serving the master of its hopes.
"Boris Godunov" by Alexander Pushkin
Who is master of the revels?
"The Two Sides of the Shield" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Confidently anticipate Augustus Fink-Nottle as Master of Revels on thirty-first inst.
"Right Ho, Jeeves" by P. G. Wodehouse
He was master of the revels to mankind.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII" by John Lord
Princes use jesters, players, and have those masters of revels in their courts.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior

In poetry:

Strow the roses, raise the song,
See the master comes along!
Lusty Revel join'd with Laughter,
Whim and Frolic follow after.
The Fawns beside the vatts remain
To shew the work, and reap the gain.
"Bacchus: Or, The Vines Of Lesbos" by Thomas Parnell

In news:

Donald and Ophelia Revels of Pembroke announce the engagement of their daughter, Paula Kay Revels, to Master Sgt James Eric Locklear, the son of Leroy and Gayle Locklear of Lumberton.