Definition of reverie in English:



  • 1A state of being pleasantly lost in one's thoughts; a daydream.

    ‘a knock on the door broke her reverie’
    [mass noun] ‘I slipped into reverie’
    • ‘Credo knocked Dan out of his reverie with a jab to his ribs.’
    • ‘The column is so full of nostalgia and reveries that it's a bit hard to locate the argument, but I think this paragraph is it.’
    • ‘This slight premise is barely spelled out before each of the guests drift into reveries illustrating how they've arrived at this point in their lives.’
    • ‘I shook my head again to get out of my fanciful reverie.’
    • ‘Having been picked up by a black cab from the Hilton Hotel, where I had been watching the pugilists weigh-in on Friday afternoon, my reverie was soon rather rudely interrupted.’
    • ‘Morrison rouses himself out of his beery reverie.’
    • ‘A good deal of waking life is punctuated by daydreams, reveries, and fantasies in which the mind withdraws to contemplate an interior landscape.’
    • ‘I was drifting off into reveries of one sort or another, when I heard a voice.’
    • ‘Should you on your journey be startled out of your reveries by marauding dogs snapping and barking at your heels, take note of these guidelines, they may be of help.’
    • ‘The laughter of my children finally broke my reverie.’
    • ‘It's not every day that I'm jolted out of a lazy reverie by an estate agent and a potential purchaser standing in the middle of my bedroom, admiring the view from the window.’
    • ‘My pleasant reverie was broken by Mike tugging at my arm and pleading: ‘Can I have a bike, Dad, please?’’
    • ‘It conjures up old reveries of carnivals and roadside zoos, sideshows and state fairs - huge tents fetid with the sweet stench of anticipation.’
    • ‘But the mechanic interrupts the reverie to explain that the repair is going to take longer and cost more than expected.’
    • ‘Trains however, sway gently through the landscape and lull one into a pleasant reverie.’
    • ‘It's best not to stare at children too hard these days, but listening to them I found myself in some kind of reverie for my own lost youth.’
    • ‘At those times I enter one of those far off reveries, the kind that lead people to say nervously, ‘Penny for your thoughts.’’
    • ‘Who was the fraud, the vicious self-appointed censor, or the artist who toiled daily to transmit to future ages his graceful and winning reveries?’
    • ‘In prewar days, she had occupied her time with a little leisurely sewing or gardening and reading her library books, her gentle reveries interrupted only by afternoon tea brought to her on a tray.’
    • ‘Mark's reveries turn to the minor humiliations he will be able to impose on his flatmate if he gets the job.’
    daydream, daydreaming, trance, fantasy, vision, fancy, hallucination, musing
    inattention, inattentiveness, wool-gathering, preoccupation, obliviousness, engrossment, absorption, self-absorption, absent-mindedness, abstraction, lack of concentration, lack of application
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    1. 1.1Music An instrumental piece suggesting a dreamy or musing state.
      ‘his own compositions can move from impressionist reveries to an orchestral chordal approach’
      • ‘The album splits between twisted, skewed rock anthems and eerie reveries such as the whispery ‘Someone's in the Wolf’.’
      • ‘Sal describes the jazz reverie of the pianist, Slim Galliard.’
      • ‘Certainly the singer could hardly make a bigger contrast with the leader's light-footed oud playing or Mirabassi's clarinet reveries, at times hardly seeming to disturb the air.’
    2. 1.2archaic A fanciful or impractical idea or theory.
      ‘he defended and explained all the reveries of astrology’
      • ‘We now take a more cynical, or at least a more bemused, view of such analogistic reveries, for we recognize that the cosmos, in all its grandness, does not exist for us or as a mirror of our centrality in the scheme of universal things.’
      • ‘We well know the small influence these gentry exert upon our society, and how the technicians of every order distrust them and rightly refuse to take their reveries seriously.’
      • ‘Yet there is also no denying the fact that most of these fancy reveries were introduced into China quite late, since the 1930s.’
      • ‘Which brought me again to my whole reverie about steel: As much as we prize things in this culture, we do not much fetishize the process by which they were made.’
      • ‘More painful by far than reveries of the uncharted future is the thought of the shut and sealed annals of the past.’
      idea, notion, fancy
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Early 17th century: from obsolete French resverie, from Old French reverie rejoicing, revelry, from rever be delirious, of unknown ultimate origin.