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 (shĭv′ə-rē′, shĭv′ə-rē′)
n. pl. cha·ri·va·ris
1. Regional See shivaree.
2. An introductory piece at the beginning of a circus, featuring all the performers who will be appearing later in the show.

[French, from Old French, perhaps from Late Latin carībaria, headache, from Greek karēbariā : karē, head; see ker- in Indo-European roots + barus, heavy; see gwerə- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˌʃɑːrɪˈvɑːrɪ) ,




1. a discordant mock serenade to newlyweds, made with pans, kettles, etc
2. a confused noise; din
[C17: from French, from Late Latin caribaria headache, from Greek karēbaria, from karē head + barus heavy]


(ˌʃɪv əˈri)

n., v. -reed, -ree•ing. n.
1. a mock serenade with noisemakers given for a newly married couple; charivari.
2. an elaborate, noisy celebration.
3. to serenade with a shivaree.
[1835–45, Amer.; alter. of Mississippi Valley French, French charivari charivari]


a mock serenade accompanied by much noise and revelry, often played as a joke on newly married couples.
See also: Performing


 a medley of discordant sounds; “rough music.” See also babel.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.charivari - a noisy mock serenade (made by banging pans and kettles) to a newly married couple
serenade - a song characteristically played outside the house of a woman
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I see her yet in her raging passions, when we had driven her to extremities--spilt our tea, crumbled our bread and butter, tossed our books up to the ceiling, and played a charivari with the ruler and desk, the fender and fire-irons.
Ah," interrupted Morcerf, laughing, "Beauchamp, Beauchamp, keep that for the Corsaire or the Charivari, but spare my future father-in-law before me.
She had heard of the indignation in the town, and knew that some of the populace was getting up a sort of charivari with music, that verses had been composed for the occasion, and that the rest of Pavlofsk society more or less encouraged these preparations.
The music for this stage charivari has not survived, if indeed it ever existed, but one can well imagine its discordant effect.
Molly Easo Smith writes, "As in Shakespeare, the central images of the world-upside-down and the woman-on-top in The Woman's Prize derive from popular cultural activities such as the charivari; but unlike the conventional charivari or skimmington, as it was known in England, which purported to teach women their place in the ordained hierarchy and men how to impose such order, Fletcher's play targets male tyranny and expectations" (55-56).
Escalator is a ribald charivari at the marriage of Righteousness and Virtue.
Charivari can be understood as an extra-legal form of social control, (8) "to publicly ridicule an object of communal scorn" (Gilje 1996: 47).
A spate of foreign retail tenants joined the venerable roster of Madison Avenue boutiques, meanwhile, with leases signed by Gianfranco, Equipment and Charivari.
Such boisterous behavior in pre-factory mill villages occurred only among men and boys except for women's participation in "Riding the Steng," part of the Yorkshire charivari tradition, Lawson, "Manners, Customs, Sports and Pastimes," Progress in Pudsey, pp.
More than thirty articles about Mayeux of supposedly "written" by him were published in journals such as Le Figaro, Le Temps, La Silhouette, La Caricature, Le Charivari, Le Siecle, Le Corsaire, and La Charge from 1830 to 1833.
This agitation of public-ness, of what might be called a racist and race-disciplining form of democratic action, saw mostly white male Milwaukeeans perform at varying moments: protest, marching, charivari, lynch-mobbing, and finally, property destruction and large scale violence.