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Raillery

[RAY-lə-ree]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: French, mid 17th century

1.

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."

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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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