Definition of rave noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//reɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪv//
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  1. 1(in Britain) a large party, held outside or in an empty building, at which people dance to fast electronic music and often take illegal drugs an all-night rave Police were out in force last night to prevent an illegal rave from going ahead.
  2. 2(North American English) = rave review The series has received raves from TV critics.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘show signs of madness’: probably from Old Northern French raver; related obscurely to (Middle) Low German reven ‘be senseless, rave’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: rave