Mardi Gras

Mar·​di Gras | \ ˈmär-dē-ˌgrä How to pronounce Mardi Gras (audio) , in New Orleans commonly -ˌgrȯ \

Definition of Mardi Gras

1a : 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 in a Sentence

We're going to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. It was a Mardi Gras to remember!

First Known Use of Mardi Gras

1699, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for Mardi Gras

French, literally, fat Tuesday

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“Mardi Gras.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of Mardi Gras

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

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