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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On November 16, the actor and musician shared a carousel on Instagram of two icons who embraced their body hair before her. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne Posts Photos of Julia Roberts and Madonna Rocking Armpit Hair," 18 Nov. 2018 The post was a carousel with five adorable photos from a family outing, featuring her kids, Spurgeon and Henry, and her older sister Jana. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "Jessa Duggar Sets Fans Straight About Why Sister Jana Doesn't Have an Instagram," 1 Oct. 2018 At the amusement park, Lynette and her friends went from ride to ride, including a carousel built for the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Rick Hampson, USA TODAY, "The lost day: How we remember, and don't, the 26 hours after Robert F. Kennedy fell," 4 June 2018 The transition between the two pages wasn't choppy or jarring, but the smooth fade from carousel to recipe ingredients took too long for my liking. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Echo Show 2018 review: Seeing is believing, and there’s a lot more to see," 8 Oct. 2018 The new multitasking carousel in Android Pie isn’t just a snapshot of your recent apps. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Android 9 Pie is here: What's new, what's awesome, and how to get it now," 6 Aug. 2018 Yet Mr Raab’s successor will be the fifth housing minister since 2015, because of the ministerial carousel triggered by Brexit. The Economist, "Meet Dominic Raab: the new Brexit boss," 9 July 2018 The black cherry soufflé for dessert was paired with a Jonathan Edwards Zinfandel port, as darkness settled over the beach stretching from the Watch Hill carousel to Misquamicut. Anthony Flint,, "For an otherworldly splurge, beach polo at the Ocean House," 16 May 2018 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

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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


car·​ou·​sel | \ˌker-ə-ˈsel\

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