car·​ou·​sel | \ ˌker-ə-ˈsel How to pronounce carousel (audio) , ˌka-rə- also -ˈzel How to pronounce carousel (audio) , ˈker-ə-ˌsel How to pronounce carousel (audio) , ˈka-rə- \
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Definition of carousel

1 : a tournament or exhibition in which horsemen execute evolutions
b : a circular conveyor the luggage carousel at the airport
c : a revolving case or tray used for storage or display

Examples of carousel in a Sentence

He loves to ride on the carousel at the park. the luggage carousel at the airport a CD player with a six-disk carousel
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Recent Examples on the Web Passengers still crowd around the baggage carousel waiting for their bags, some with masks on, many without. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "5 flights in 4 weeks: What it's really like to fly during the coronavirus pandemic," 30 June 2020 The carousel was closed, as was a playground, a shuttle service on the property for visitors and a program in which guests interact with chimpanzee trainers. Jeff Barker, Washington Post, "Maryland Zoo reopens to public with precautions for people and animals," 29 June 2020 For example, after a person leaves their seat on the carousel, an employee will clean the seat. Anne Snabes, The Indianapolis Star, "The Marion County Fair is back July 11-19 — with some COVID-19 safety precautions," 26 June 2019 During such moments of brain freeze, your correspondent’s dog has a habit of displaying a carousel of tricks, with streaks of drool flying across her ever-more desperate face. The Economist, "Home Entertainment The virtues of dog training in lockdown," 19 June 2020 There’s a business devoted to selling off the contents of suitcases that never made it down the luggage carousel at the right airport at the right time. oregonlive, "Lost airline luggage items are being sold online at super-cheap prices -- and it’s all on the up and up," 18 June 2020 Among the projects being planned are adding an additional baggage carousel, constructing a rental car facility and developing plans for an airport hotel. William Thornton |, al, "Montgomery Airport finishes project, eyes future expansion," 10 June 2020 Guests will be allowed to see animals outside, walk the grounds, see the summer's dinosaur exhibit and ride the train and carousel. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Milwaukee County Zoo will partially reopen June 13, with safety precautions," 8 June 2020 In a cabinet, use a rotating carousel or shelf insert to optimize the space. Jessica Dailey, House Beautiful, "Overhauling Your Kitchen's Organization Is a Huge Favor to Your Future Self," 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of carousel

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for carousel

French carrousel, from Italian carosello

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The first known use of carousel was in 1650

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5 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Carousel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of carousel

: a machine or device with a moving belt or part that carries things around in a circle


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