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Word of the Week: Charivari

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.


Pronounced shee-və-REE

Part of Speech: noun

Origin: French, mid-17th Century


  1. (historical) A noisy mock serenade performed by a group of people to celebrate a marriage or mock an unpopular person
  2. 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.”


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