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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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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.
After all, charivari comes from a Greek word 'karebaria,' which means headache, something we associate too with karaokes.
Caption: The Last Meeting of the Ex-Ministers; after the lithograph by Daumier published in Le Charivari shortly after the revolution of 1848
outrage local youths by breaking the norms of women's dependence upon men and by their independent sexual stance and are visited, in consequence, with a "charivari"--a scapegoating carnivalesque ritual, usually carried out by young men against those whom they feel have broken the customs of courtship and sexual duty in the locality: charivari was a rowdy form of crowd behavior often used against "unruly women," and here it is an overt reminder of patriarchal dominance.
En 1842, el caricaturista frances Paul Gavarni comienza su serie Les enfants terribles en el periodico Le Charivari.
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The name of the style derives from the title of a Claude Monet work, Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), which provoked the critic Louis Leroy to coin the term in a satirical review published in the Parisian newspaper Le Charivari.
5-metre tall, two-part structure drew enthusiastic applause from both the children and dignitaries in the crowd today when the clock was "woken" from its slumber by a team of Cirque du Soleil stilt acrobats, Brazilian drummers and breakdancers performing a charivari as two BMX cyclists did tricks around the structure.
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The use of "Paul de Kock" as a brand name for "bad" literature was so engrained in early-July Monarchy culture that on October 11, 1835, Le Charivari entitled the unrelated compte-rendu of a comical legal case a "Scene a la Paul de Kock.