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Part of speech: noun

Origin: French, mid 17th century


Good-humored teasing.

Examples of Raillery in a sentence

"When John was the only one who fell for the prank, the crew engaged in a little raillery at his expense."

"The mayor took the raillery at the reception in stride."

About Raillery

This word developed from the French words “raillerie” and “railler” (to rail).

Did you Know?

The roast — a comedic event where a guest of honor consents to be subjected to raillery by comedians, fans, friends, and family members — originated in a New York nightclub in the 1940s. A roast usually consists of a blend of insult humor, teasing, and genuine compliments, with the goal of making the audience (and the guest of honor) laugh.

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