carnival

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

Definition of carnival

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a season or festival of merrymaking before Lent
2a : an instance of merrymaking, feasting, or masquerading
b : an instance of riotous excess a carnival of violence
3a : a traveling enterprise offering amusements
b : an organized program of entertainment or exhibition : festival a winter carnival

carnival

adjective

Definition of carnival (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms for carnival

Synonyms: Noun

celebration, fest, festival, festivity, fete (or fête), fiesta, gala, jubilee

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Rent the Runway kicked off the launch of their kids’ service with a carnival-themed party, complete with stilt walkers, a dance floor, face painting, and Mommy-and-me jean jacket embroidery station. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "Rent the Runway Kids Is Launching Next Week, and Your Daughters' Clothes Just Got 100% Cooler," 8 Apr. 2019 Anyone who's been keeping up with The Masked Singer has surely noticed the carnival theme prominently featured in the Rabbit's weekly clue reels. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "There's No Question That Joey Fatone Is the Rabbit on 'The Masked Singer'," 17 Feb. 2019 Through this costumey side, this endless party—carnival, fêtes at Le Palace or Les Bains Douches on one hand, at Marie-Helene de Rothschild’s on the other. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Talking With @fkachristianlacroix, aka the Real Christian Lacroix, About Instagram and the 1980s," 13 Mar. 2019 Thus far, guests have been treated to countless couture looks, their own private carnival, a piece or two from a sky-high cake, and Ferrangez branded everything. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chiara Ferragni Wore Three Dior Haute Couture Looks For Her Epic Wedding in Italy," 2 Sep. 2018 When Elle and Lee decide to create a kissing booth for the school carnival, Elle's true feelings start to come out and her relationship with both Lee and his brother get complicated. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "All the Romantic Movies You Have to See in 2018 if You're a Hopeless Romantic," 24 Aug. 2018 Features include a carnival, the Corn Tent, the Lions Food Kitchen and more. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "31 ways to actually celebrate the Fourth of July on July 4th," 2 July 2018 This festival takes place over two weekends, with the first starting this Friday with an old-fashioned midway carnival (3-9 p.m.). Yoshina Okamoto, Anchorage Daily News, "Coming up: Arctic Thunder, Scottish Highland Games and the return of Arlo Guthrie," 28 June 2018 Sunny Hill residents will have a carnival on June 23, and Friends are hosting a brunch Oct. 28 at the Renaissance Center in downtown Joliet. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Sunny Hill supporters raise funds to provide bus, activities for residents," 30 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

There will be carnival attractionsand inflatable bounce houses to keep them entertained for hours. Erica Boniface, The Know, "The best Colorado road races and fun runs of 2017," 4 Mar. 2017 Carnival-prize figurines from the first half of the 20th century line shelves that reach the ceiling. Gene Johnson, The Seattle Times, "At 75, Chihuly discusses his long struggles with mental health," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of carnival

Noun

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carnival

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

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carnival

noun

English Language Learners Definition of carnival

: 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

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

Kids Definition of carnival

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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