• WordNet 3.6
    • v carouse engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking "They were out carousing last night"
    • n carouse revelry in drinking; a merry drinking party
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Carouse A drinking match; a carousal. "The early feast and late carouse ."
    • Carouse A large draught of liquor. "A full carouse of sack.""Drink carouses to the next day's fate."
    • v. i Carouse To drink deeply or freely in compliment; to take part in a carousal; to engage in drunken revels. "He had been aboard, carousing to his mates."
    • v. t Carouse To drink up; to drain; to drink freely or jovially. "Guests carouse the sparkling tears of the rich grape.""Egypt's wanton queen, Carousing gems, herself dissolved in love."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n carouse A hearty drink or full draught of liquor: as, to quaff or drink carouse.
    • n carouse A carousal; a noisy banquet.
    • n carouse Synonyms See carousal.
    • carouse To drink freely and with jollity; revel noisily or intemperately.
    • carouse To drink up; drink to the bottom.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Carouse kar-owz′ a drinking-bout: a noisy revel
    • v.i Carouse to hold a drinking-bout: to drink freely and noisily
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. carrousse, earlier carous, fr. G. garaus, finishing stroke, the entire emptying of the cup in drinking a health; gar, entirely + aus, out. See Yare, and Out


In literature:

In the midst of their carousal, a proposal was volunteered by some one, that the outlaw Carlos should be brought in!
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
And yet here they could carouse, and lose themselves in swinish indulgence!
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
The cook banked his fires and the crew went ashore for a carouse.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
Every now and then he gets upon a carousal, and keeps it up for days, sometimes weeks.
"Gaspar the Gaucho" by Mayne Reid
Have you collected the provisions for the carousal of the millions?
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 6, No 5, November 1864" by Various
There was no more carousing along the river, no drunken men wrangling in the booths, no affrays.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
There'll be a crowd of men hanging round and fiddling and carousing half the night.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
This final carouse occurred upon shore, and in the quarters of his majesty, whose "treat" it was.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
Is it not true of the drunkard, that each carouse adds a thread to his bonds?
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VI (of X)--Great Britain and Ireland IV" by Various
To-day is the anniversary of your brother's death, and to-night it is celebrated in your castle with a carouse.
"Peter the Priest" by Mór Jókai

In poetry:

Votive maid, who hath espousal
Of the river's high carousal;
Twenty cubits if he rise,
This shall be his bridal prize.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Let us drink, drink all night long,
Revel, sing, carouse, and dance,
Mingling tale and jest and song;
Not one joy is left to chance.
"Bacchanal " by E J Rupert Atkinson
"Once at the harvest at home I did linger--
Swore I was deadly sick,--when
Taking my part in the drunken carousals
Saturday night with the men!
"What The Sleepless Grandam Thinks" by Nikolay Alekseyevich Nekrasov
I see the children digging in the sand,
I hear the sinewy mariners carouse,
And lovers in the moonlight, hand—in—hand,
Whispering their vows.
""What ails you, Ocean, that nor near nor far"" by Alfred Austin
Yea, Master of this ruined house,
The mortgage closed, outruns the lease;
Long since is hushed the gay carouse,
And now the windowed lights must cease.
"The Last Prayer" by William Wilfred Campbell
Ivy for my fillet band,
Blinding dogwood in my hand,
Hemlock for my sherbet cull me,
And the prussic juice to lull me,
Swing me in the upas boughs,
Vampire-fanned, when I carouse.
"Mithridates" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

In news:

Screams, spells, beats and suds: A guide to Halloween week carousing.
Colombian woman describes night of carousing with agents.
Rodgers hasn't been out ' carousing '.
Carousing bull felled by dart.
The latest charge is that the number of prostitutes involved with agents and military personnel during a night of carousing in Cartegena, Colombia last week may have reached 21.
Set to return once again to Humboldt County for some costume carousing, the downtempo psychedelic-trance duo Shpongle from the United Kingdom will headline an all-ages "Masquerade" on Thursday night at the Arcata Community Center.
A band comes to town, does a soundcheck on its stage for the night, maybe grabs a quick meal of debatable quality, plays a show, then squeezes in some carousing before it is time for its car or van or bus to depart for the next carnival.
Carousing with ghosts and goblins at the 35th annual Village Halloween Parade on Friday can make even the most spirited revelers seek some refreshments.
Set to return once again to Humboldt County for some costume carousing, the downtempo psychedelic- trance duo Shpongle from the United Kingdom will headline an all-ages "Masquerade" on Thursday night at the Arcata Community Center.
Hearty Tex-Mex builds a strong foundation for margarita-fueled carousing.
There was a Christmas cupcake carousal at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library on Wednesday, December 5.
O nce upon a time, when few on Wall Street knew his name, John Paulson was something of a carouser.
Chris Brown and Rihanna are barely trying to hide it anymore -- getting up close and personal at a NYC nightclub late Monday night then carousing at Rihanna's hotel for hours.
Sex, drinking, all manner of carousing — it's shocking what old people are up to these days.
On the night of Jan 30, as tufts of wet snow gathered on nearby parked cars, a stream of bundled carousers poured into Opa.