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charivari


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Charivari  \Cha*ri`va*ri"\,  n.  [F.] 
  A  mock  serenade  of  discordant  noises,  made  with  kettles,  tin 
  horns,  etc.,  designed  to  annoy  and  insult. 
 
  Note:  It  was  at  first  performed  before  the  house  of  any 
  person  of  advanced  age  who  married  a  second  time. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  charivari 
  n  :  a  noisy  mock  serenade  (made  by  banging  pans  and  kettles)  to 
  a  newly  married  couple  [syn:  {shivaree},  {chivaree},  {callithump}, 
  {callathump},  {belling}] 




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