• Good-humored teasing.

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Example Sentences

“When Jamal was the only one who fell for the prank, the team directed a bit of raillery his way for the rest of practice.”

“Some raillery from his fellow cast members was expected after he flubbed an important line.”

“The mayor took the raillery at the reception in stride.”

Word Origin

French, mid-17th century

Why this word?

“Raillery” is good-natured teasing directed toward someone or something. The concept of a roast — a comedic event where a guest of honor consents to be subjected to raillery by comedians, fans, friends, and family members — originated at the Friars’ Club, 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. Some of the best raillery in history can be found preserved in the recordings of “The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts,” featuring the likes of Jack Benny, Phyllis Diller, Bob Newhart, Nipsey Russell, Don Rickles, and countless other famous figures who came together to roast the guests.

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