shi·va·ree [shiv-uh-ree]

1. a mock serenade made with kettles, horns, and other noisemakers, performed for a newly married couple.
2. Informal. A loud, elaborate celebration.

verb (used with object), shivareed, shivareeing.

3. to serenade with a shivaree.


1835-45, Americanism; alteration of Mississippi Valley French, French charivari charivari

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