noun car·ni·val \ˈkär-nə-vəl\

: a festival held before Lent that includes music and dancing [= count ]

: a form of entertainment that travels to different places and includes rides and games you can play to win prizes

: an event where many people gather to celebrate something

Full Definition of CARNIVAL

:  a season or festival of merrymaking before Lent
a :  an instance of merrymaking, feasting, or masquerading
b :  an instance of riotous excess <a carnival of violence>
a :  a traveling enterprise offering amusements
b :  an organized program of entertainment or exhibition :  festival <a winter carnival>

Examples of CARNIVAL

  1. the school's annual winter carnival
  2. That part of town is a carnival on Friday and Saturday nights.
  3. There is a carnival atmosphere in the office.
  4. The garden became a carnival of color.

Origin of CARNIVAL

Italian carnevale, alteration of earlier carnelevare, literally, removal of meat, from carne flesh (from Latin carn-, caro) + levare to remove, from Latin, to raise
First Known Use: 1549

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany



Definition of CARNIVAL

:  suggestive of or suited to a carnival <a carnival atmosphere> <carnival colors>

First Known Use of CARNIVAL



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