ca·​rous·​al kə-ˈrau̇-zəl How to pronounce carousal (audio)
plural carousals
: a wild, drunken party or celebration : a drunken revel : carouse entry 2 sense 1
… the general was remarkably addicted to huge entertainments, or rather carousalsWashington Irving
He staged mockeries of religious ceremonies and his interminable drunken carousals became obligatory entertainment for many a weary guest.Richard Wortman

Examples of carousal in a Sentence

came home tired and hungover after an all-night carousal with his friends
Recent Examples on the Web Also on Monday, James shared his own Instagram post commemorating the occasion featuring a carousal of images and videos from race day. Alexandra Schonfeld,, 19 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1760, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of carousal was circa 1760

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“Carousal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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