• WordNet 3.6
    • n reveille a signal to get up in the morning; in the military it is a bugle call at sunrise
    • n reveille (military) signal to wake up
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Reveille (Mil) The beat of drum, or bugle blast, about break of day, to give notice that it is time for the soldiers to rise, and for the sentinels to forbear challenging. "Sound a reveille .""For at dawning to assail ye
      Here no bugles sound reveille ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n reveille Milit. and naval, the beat of a drum, bugle-sound, or other signal given about break of day, to give notice that it is time for the soldiers or sailors to rise and for the sentinels to forbear challenging.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Reveille re-vāl′ye the sound of the drum or bugle at daybreak to awaken soldiers.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. réveil, fr. réveiller, to awake; pref. re-, re- + pref. es-,L. ex,) + veiller, to awake, watch, L. vigilare, to watch. The English form was prob. taken by mistake from the French imper. réveillez,2d, pers. pl. See Vigil
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. reveilre-, again, esveiller, to awake—L. vigilāre, to watch.


In literature:

Two hours before day-break they heard the drums beating the reveille.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
And if we are patient with him now, he will get us home by reveille.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
The reveille sounded before daybreak; the horses were fed, breakfast gotten.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
Almost immediately the reveille was sounded, and we went off to morning call.
"The Conscript" by Émile Erckmann
Near the main road, on the left, they were beating the assembly, and the bugles of the cavalry sounded the reveille.
"Waterloo" by Émile Erckmann
It is only upon dry, seasoned timber, freed of its bark, that he beats his reveille to spring and wooes his mate.
"A Year in the Fields" by John Burroughs
Toward morning I fell into a drowse, and was awakened out of it by the reveille.
"Personal Recollections of the War of 1861" by Charles Augustus Fuller
The ball took place notwithstanding the reveille played through the streets the whole night.
"A Week at Waterloo in 1815" by Magdalene De Lancey
It was yet dark when the reveille sounded through the camp.
"Si Klegg, Book 1 (of 6) His Transformation From A Raw Recruit To A Veteran" by John McElroy
Nobody laughed, nobody swore, nobody joked, nobody played the usual light-hearted reveille tricks.
"Si Klegg, Book 4 (of 6) Experiences Of Si And Shorty On The Great Tullahoma Campaign" by John McElroy

In poetry:

For them no more shall reveille
Sound at the break of dawn,
But may their sleep peaceful be
Till God's great judgment morn.
"Confederate Memorial Day" by Anonymous Americas
I once had to sound the 'Reveille'
In the morning at twenty past three,
I blasted to wake up the soldiers,
They woke up and all blasted me.
"The Trumpeter" by Billy Bennett
Beat reveille, and with a blast
Arouse all men to valiant strife.
Waken the world; and then, at last,
March on.... That is the whole of life.
"Doctrine" by Heinrich Heine
Nor you drummers—neither at reveille, at dawn,
Nor the long roll alarming the camp—nor even the muffled beat for a
Nothing from you, this time, O drummers, bearing my warlike drums.
"Ashes Of Soldiers" by Walt Whitman
The bugles of the blast rang out,
The banners of the lightning swung,
The icy spear-points of the pine
Bristled along the advancing line,
And as the winds' 'reveille' rung,
Heavens! how the hills did shout.
"The Year-King" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Cannon and sword were my playthings to bless,
(Dangerous toys for a babe to try,)
The stirring reveille my more caress,
The wild tattoo was my lullaby;
And well, methinks, as they years have run,
Have I wrought the work my sires begun.
"Uncle Sam's Soliloquy" by Madge Morris Wagner

In news:

Like clockwork, the bugle sounds in the early morning, playing a vigorous reveille.
Louisiana State University may owe $750,000 for three years of back taxes for meal plan s, the Daily Reveille reports.
There are many faces of retirees throughout the Brazos Valley, but one of the more recognizable ones is that of Reveille VII.
Recently, I was lucky enough to spend a few hours with the famous Reveille the VIII.
Reveille at the Olympics.
Texas A&M's mascot, Reveille , wants equal time.
Reveille Peak Ranch hosts concert to help firefighters.
This story in the Reveille was written by a kid who might actually be a reporter someday, Andrea Gallo.
This is the story of a man who roused rabble from the Chicago stockyards to the New York ghettos to the California barrios, who took on Hizzoner, Mayor Richard J Daley, and authored the classic manifesto Reveille for Radicals .
"The Biggest Loser" producer Reveille and Brillstein Entertainment Partners are developing a reality TV show concept built around Twitter, the fast-growing microblogging service.
Reveille for the new year.