General English

Media Studies

  • noun a large party or club event at which dance music is played, sometimes lasting all night
  • verb of a critic, to give a very enthusiastic review of something such as a film


  • noun a wild party, dance or occasion of abandoned behaviour. A usage originating in bohemian circles in the late 1950s. In the early 1960s the word was taken up by mods and shortly thereafter by the media and the older generation, who still employ the term. More recently still the acid house youth cult adopted the word to refer to their (typically large-scale and movable) celebrations, sometimes specified as orbital raves (those within reach of the M25 motorway). By 1990 schoolchildren were also using the word as a synonym for a party.