carnival

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noun

car·​ni·​val ˈkär-nə-vəl How to pronounce carnival (audio)
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

carnival

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adjective

: suggestive of or suited to a carnival
a carnival atmosphere
carnival colors

Examples of carnival in a Sentence

Noun 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
But there, during Trinidad Carnival 2024, the Rogue carnival band danced through the streets of Port of Spain wearing chic masquerade costumes named in their honor. Natalie Meade, Vogue, 16 Feb. 2024 The party continued the following day with a festival-style event complete with a fairground of carnival games, a merry-go-round, a ferris wheel and food stalls at Windsor Great Park. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 There will be a vast number of traditional and contemporary entertainment options like lion dances, a taiko drum performance, dance competitions, music, carnival rides and more. The San Diego Union-Tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Feb. 2024 Live and silent auctions, food, specialty booths, children’s carnival. Michelle Jenkins, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 His grandfather drove around the 1953 Boreas during that year’s carnival. Jared Kaufman, Twin Cities, 27 Jan. 2024 Based on his experiences, his new novel set in the summer of 1968 features a fortune teller in a suffocating carnival, her husband, a charismatic tightrope walker who has disappeared, and their precocious 11-year-old daughter. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, 4 Feb. 2024 On days when there were carnivals, baseball games or fairs, every trip would be standing room only. Randy McCrory Vintage Bentonville, arkansasonline.com, 1 Feb. 2024 Guests can also meet Santa, skate at the ice rink and play carnival games and rides. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024
Adjective
Customers at Starbucks will be introduced to a new interface with a carnival-style wheel. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2023 The Square has spooky carnival-style games. Annie Alleman, Chicago Tribune, 12 Sep. 2022 Transform your salad spinner into a carnival-style spin art machine. Lauren Piro, Good Housekeeping, 31 Oct. 2022 The Children’s Zoo encouraged youngsters to feed and pet the animals, but eliminated carnival-style gimmicks that were common in zoos at the time. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 July 2022 Whitestown's family-friendly Independence Day Celebration will kick off at 6 p.m. with live music, carnival-style food, a ticketed kid's zone and a fireworks show once the sun goes down. Chloe McGowan, The Indianapolis Star, 27 June 2022 The Queen is also expected to attend the Derby, one of her favorite horse race events, a concert at Buckingham Palace and the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, a carnival-style celebration during which many artists, including Ed Sheeran, will perform. Monique Jessen, PEOPLE.com, 12 May 2022 Collecting all the later drama in one city offers a chance to create a carnival-style event, a miniature tournament within a tournament, a defining climax to the European campaign. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2022 On top of brand booths for Venmo, Spotify, Hawkers, Erewhon, 818 Tequila, Onda, Daring Foods, Good American, Celsius, Zip and Pley Beauty, Revolve Festival also featured carnival-style swings and plenty of photo opps. Kirsten Chuba, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

Noun

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1605, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of carnival was in 1549

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Cite this Entry

“Carnival.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carnival. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

carnival

noun
car·​ni·​val
ˈkär-nə-vəl
1
: a season or festival of merrymaking before Lent
2
: a noisy merrymaking
3
a
: a traveling group that puts on a variety of amusements
b
: a program of entertainment

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