car·ou·sel | \ˌker-ə-ˈsel, ˌka-rə- also -ˈzel;ˈker-ə-ˌ, ˈka-rə- \
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Definition of carousel 

1 : a tournament or exhibition in which horsemen execute evolutions

2a : merry-go-round

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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For a deck-by-deck tour of the ship, scroll through the carousel above. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Deal watch: Avalon Waterways offers free flights to Europe with river cruise bookings," 9 July 2018 But oh, that music is achingly lovely, and so is Jack O’Brien’s somber direction, with the lurid lights of the carousel gleaming relentlessly out from between choreographer Justin Peck’s ever-moving dancers. Constance Grady, Vox, "Your guide to the 17 most important nominees at this year’s Tonys," 7 June 2018 Those teams made Mike Green and Alex Semin stars and created a goaltending carousel that has only slowed after the arrival of Braden Holtby. The Si Staff,, "Stanley Cup Final Roundtable: Expansion Team in the Final, Unlikely Goal Scorer, More," 26 May 2018 Connor Hellebuyck halted a dizzying goaltending carousel that often saw half a dozen netminders compete for starts in the past two seasons. Andrew Knoll, New York Times, "N.H.L. Western Conference Finals: A Long Shot vs. the Longest Shot," 11 May 2018 Bledsoe’s departure led to a season-long carousel at point guard. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Five story lines that define Suns' 2017-18 season," 7 Apr. 2018 Encounter a horse of another color at leafy Bushnell Park, home to a vintage 1914 carousel., "A real spring break for families," 4 Apr. 2018 At certain hours, children craned their necks up at the astronomical clock tower in the main square to see sculptures of the three magi emerging on a carousel. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "This Italian Town Once Welcomed Migrants. Now, It’s a Symbol for Right-Wing Politics," 7 July 2018 Goalie carousel is turning Goalie roundup: Bernier to Detroit, Halak to Boston, Hutchinson to Florida, Hutton to Buffalo, Khudobin to Dallas. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "NHL free agency 2018: Breaking down the deals and rumors on July 1," 1 July 2018

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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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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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