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carnival

noun car·ni·val \ ˈkär-nə-vəl \
|Updated on: 31 Jul 2018

Definition of carnival

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

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.

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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

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carnival

adjective

Definition of carnival

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

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First Known Use of carnival

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CARNIVAL Defined for English Language Learners

carnival

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

noun car·ni·val \ ˈkär-nə-vəl \

Definition of carnival for Students

1 : a form of entertainment that travels from town to town and includes rides and games
2 : an organized program of entertainment or exhibition : festival
  • a winter carnival


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