Definition of reveille in English:



  • A signal sounded especially on a bugle or drum to wake personnel in the armed forces.

    ‘reveille was at 0430 hours’
    • ‘The bugler's name was Jospeh and he used to play the reveille first thing in the morning and sound the retreat each night at sunset.’
    • ‘As the bugler played the reveille he finished his salute and walked past the Pool of Remembrance where a crowd had gathered.’
    • ‘After reveille, you'll be treated to a Marine-style pre-sunrise breakfast, followed by a brisk 20-K run around the Green Zone perimeter.’
    • ‘In any case there is the war, a hilltop, a huntsman, and a mournful reveille to life - described in sentences so off-kilter and beautiful you don't know whether to cry out for help or just start crying.’
    • ‘No reveille announced our start the next morning.’
    • ‘Gina woke up to the notes of a trumpet sounding reveille breaking the dewy morning silence.’
    • ‘The reveille filled the air, the two Garda members ushered on the traffic and under the midday sweltering sun, the tricolour was raised, now flying proudly at full mast.’
    • ‘She woke early to her Palm PC singing a reveille bugle call.’
    • ‘As the caretaker manager released his squad at Hampden last Wednesday, the mobile of Rainer Bonhof, standing at the back of the room, trilled to the sound of a bugle's reveille.’
    • ‘With an affectionate gaze at his sober colleague, the prudent maidservant removes the wine-bottle, while a trumpeter at the door satirically sounds the reveille.’
    • ‘On Remembrance Day the last post is followed by a period of silence, and then by the reveille - the day's first bugle-call - to symbolize death and resurrection.’
    • ‘As the crowd stood silent between the sounding of the last post and reveille, and standards were held proudly to attention, even the noise of traffic and the chatter of passing pedestrians failed to detract from the dignity of the occasion.’
    • ‘I woke the next morning to the sound of reveille feeling very sore.’
    • ‘It's not that we get the reveille as a wake-up alarm, or we have to do ten push-ups if we commit errors.’
    • ‘When Neal called the reveille Casey jumped up, like Jennifer, and made her bed in record time.’
    • ‘The drums did not beat reveille until 6:30 and it seems everyone is sluggish in rising this morning, seeing as both sides are so frozen there is little chance of anything happening.’
    • ‘The jays conduct a rousing reveille of check check check to awaken me at dawn, eliminating the need for mechanical alarm clocks.’
    • ‘At five o'clock in the morning, the reveille sounds and prisoner Ivan Denisovich Shukov lies in his bunk, wondering if he should get up.’
    • ‘On the battlefield a bugle plays reveille and the lines of soldiers stir, ready to surge forward.’
    • ‘Casey kept her room perfectly clean, barely touching her old playthings and rose early each morning, expecting a reveille from Agent Michael.’


Mid 17th century: from French réveillez! ‘wake up!’, imperative plural of réveiller, based on Latin vigilare ‘keep watch’.