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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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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a mock serenade accompanied by much noise and revelry, often played as a joke on newly married couples.
See also: Performing
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 a medley of discordant sounds; “rough music.” See also babel.
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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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References in classic literature ?
Dan was full of a wild idea that we should all meet them at the gate, armed with cowbells and tin-pans, and "charivari" them up the lane.
I have even heard talk of getting up a 'charivari' under the windows on the wedding- night.
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.
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." Then, turning to Monte Cristo, "You just now spoke his name as if you knew the baron?"
Mike Krause and daughter attended the charivari of Mr.
YARAT artistic director and the curator of "Charivari" exhibition Suad Garayeva-Maleki, curators of the exhibition "Child of Magohalmi and the Echos of Creation" Helen Nisbet and Amy Budd, artists Zadie Xa, and Taus Makhachevatold journalists about the art projects.
In 1876 rival retailers staged what's called a charivari, which is basically a public shaming ritual by protesting in the streets and burning a "Guy" that was dressed in a drapers outfit.
Charivari e Politica." Revista Brasileira de Estudos da Presenca, ISSN 2237-2660.
In 1841, Punch, or The London Charivari, a weekly satirical magazine cofounded by Henry Mayhew and Mark Lemon, was first published in London.