Simple Definition of carnival
: 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
1 : a season or festival of merrymaking before Lent
2 a : an instance of merrymaking, feasting, or masquerading b : an instance of riotous excess <a carnival of violence>
3 a : a traveling enterprise offering amusements b : an organized program of entertainment or exhibition : festival <a winter carnival>
Examples of carnival
the school's annual winter carnival
That part of town is a carnival on Friday and Saturday nights.
There is a carnival atmosphere in the office.
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
Definition of carnival
: suggestive of or suited to a carnival <a carnival atmosphere> <carnival colors>
First Known Use of carnival
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