If you’ve ever seen the musical Oklahoma! by Rogers and Hammerstein, this word is used when Curly and Laurie are given a charivari after their wedding that culminates in their attack by Judd.
Part of Speech: noun
Origin: French, mid-17th Century
- (historical) A noisy mock serenade performed by a group of people to celebrate a marriage or mock an unpopular person
- A discordant noise
Usage in a Sentence:
“The groomsmen broke out into a spontaneous charivari as the reception was ending.”
“The orchestra’s warmup was a loud charivari.”