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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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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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n., v. -reed, -ree•ing. n.
1. a mock serenade with noisemakers given for a newly married couple; charivari.
2. an elaborate, noisy celebration.v.t.
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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Charivaria medley of discordant sounds; “rough music.” See also babel.
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|Noun||1.||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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