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carnival

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noun car·ni·val \ˈkär-nə-vəl\

Definition of carnival

  1. 1 :  a season or festival of merrymaking before Lent

  2. 2 a :  an instance of merrymaking, feasting, or masquerading b :  an instance of riotous excess <a carnival of violence>

  3. 3 a :  a traveling enterprise offering amusements b :  an organized program of entertainment or exhibition :  festival <a winter carnival>

Examples of carnival in a sentence

  1. the school's annual winter carnival

  2. That part of town is a carnival on Friday and Saturday nights.

  3. There is a carnival atmosphere in the office.

  4. The garden became a carnival of color.

Origin and Etymology of carnival

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: 1549

Other Performing Arts Terms


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carnival

adjective car·ni·val

Definition of carnival

  1. :  suggestive of or suited to a carnival <a carnival atmosphere> <carnival colors>

1605

First Known Use of carnival

1605


CARNIVAL Defined for English Language Learners

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carnival

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noun car·ni·val \ˈkär-nə-vəl\

Definition of carnival for English Language Learners

  • : a festival held before Lent that includes music and dancing

  • : a form of entertainment that travels to different places and includes rides and games you can play to win prizes

  • : an event where many people gather to celebrate something


CARNIVAL Defined for Kids

carnival

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noun car·ni·val \ˈkär-nə-vəl\

Definition of carnival for Students

  1. 1 :  a form of entertainment that travels from town to town and includes rides and games

  2. 2 :  an organized program of entertainment or exhibition :  festival <a winter carnival>



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