cha·ri·va·ri (shĭv′ə-rē, shĭvə-rē′)
n. pl. cha·ri·va·ris
1. Regional See shivaree.
2. An introductory piece at the beginning of a circus, featuring all the performers who will be appearing later in the show.
[French, from Old French, perhaps from Late Latin carībaria, headache, from Greek karēbariā : karē, head; see ker-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + barus, heavy; see gwerə-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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