One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Given to revelling; of or characterized by revelry.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340–1400), poet and administrator. From Anglo-Norman revelus, Middle French reveleus (French (now regional: Northern) reveleux) impetuous, rebellious, petulant, boisterous, merry, joyful from revel + -eus, -ous, -us. Compare Old Occitan revelhos.
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