• WordNet 3.6
    • n charivari a noisy mock serenade (made by banging pans and kettles) to a newly married couple
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Charivari A mock serenade of discordant noises, made with kettles, tin horns, etc., designed to annoy and insult; -- called also shivaree.☞ It was at first performed before the house of any person of advanced age who married a second time.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n charivari A mock serenade, with kettles, horns, etc., intended as an annoyance or insult. Serenades of this sort were formerly inflicted in France upon newly married couples and upon politically unpopular persons, and are still occasionally heard in the United States, where they are also known as callithumpian concerts.
    • n charivari [capitalized] The name of a satirical journal founded in Paris in 1832.
    • charivari To treat to a charivari.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Charivari shär′i-vär′i a French term used to designate a wild tumult and uproar, produced by the beating of pans, kettles, and dishes, mingled with whistling, bawling, groans, and hisses, expressive of displeasure against an individual—the 'rough music' not unknown in England as a popular protest against an unequal marriage, or the like.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. dub.; the word, as suggesting derision, has been adopted as a name by satirical journals.


In literature:

But Cy was a capitalist in charivaris.
"Main Street" by Sinclair Lewis
There was no Charivari, because their marriage was suitable.
"Jasmin: Barber, Poet, Philanthropist" by Samuel Smiles
Whereby the thoughtless young men were again driven to think of nocturnal charivari?
"History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. IX. (of XXI.) Frederick The Great--Last Stage of Friedrich's Apprenticeship: Life in Ruppin--1732-1736" by Thomas Carlyle
I have even heard talk of getting up a 'charivari' under the windows on the wedding-night.
"Title: The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
There will be a charivari in my rooms to-night.
"The Light That Failed" by Rudyard Kipling
Try to let us know the day as we have resolved to give you a serenade (or charivari).
"Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician" by Frederick Niecks
Charivari and clamour are vehicles of Truth.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 99, July 12, 1890" by Various
PUNCH, OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI, from the Commencement to June, 1849.
"Notes & Queries 1850.02.09" by Various
Observe: "PUNCH, OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI, price Threepence," is on the cover.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 1, September 25, 1841" by Various
Observe: "PUNCH, OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI, price Threepence," is on the cover.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
But let us quit this drawing-room, and turn our steps towards the Rue du Croissant, where the office of "Le Charivari" is to be found.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864" by Various
They were called charivaris.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Some fellow has just taken the "Charivari" for her.
"The Giant's Robe" by F. Anstey
All at once, charivari in the adjoining chambree!
"Paris" by William Walton
The charivari was anciently in France a regular wedding custom, all bridal couples being thus serenaded.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 8" by Various
The "London Charivari" was at this time just entering upon its most glorious epoch of political caricature.
"The History of the Nineteenth Century in Caricature" by Arthur Bartlett Maurice