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Mardi Gras

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

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

Full Definition of MARDI GRAS

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

Other Calendar Terms

antedate, estival, gloaming, luster, sesquicentennial

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