AskDefine | Define shivaree

Dictionary Definition

shivaree n : a noisy mock serenade (made by banging pans and kettles) to a newly married couple [syn: chivaree, charivari, callithump, callathump, belling]

Extensive Definition

A shivaree, or charivari, is an American term for a clamorous salutation made to a newlywed couple by an assembled crowd of neighbours and friends.
Shivaree may also refer to:
  • Shivaree (band), an American band formed in 1999
  • Shivaree (play), a play by William Mastrosimone
  • Shivaree (TV series), an American popular music television program originating from Hollywood that aired from 1965 to 1966 and was hosted by Gene Weed
  • The term shivaree was used for a performance of rough music, an English folk tradition, in the United States
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