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Mardi Gras

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noun Mar·di Gras \ˈmär-dē-ˌgrä, in New Orleans commonly -ˌgrȯ\

Simple Definition of Mardi Gras

  • : the Tuesday before the beginning of Lent that is often celebrated with parades and parties

Full Definition of Mardi Gras

  1. 1 a :  Shrove Tuesday often observed (as in New Orleans) with parades and festivities b :  a carnival period climaxing on Shrove Tuesday

  2. 2 :  a festive occasion resembling a pre-Lenten Mardi Gras

Examples of mardi gras

  1. We're going to New Orleans for Mardi Gras.

  2. It was a Mardi Gras to remember!



Origin of mardi gras

French, literally, fat Tuesday


First Known Use: 1699

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