Mardi Gras

Mar·di Gras

noun \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

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

Mardi Gras

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(French: “Fat Tuesday”) Carnival celebrated on or culminating on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. Traditionally, households consumed all the remaining foods that would be forbidden during Lent (e.g., eggs) on that day. It is a one-day event in France, but in the U.S. it lasts several days in New Orleans, where it is marked by parades, street celebrations, and extravagant costumes.


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