car·​ou·​sel ˌker-ə-ˈsel How to pronounce carousel (audio)
-ˈzel How to pronounce carousel (audio) ˈker-ə-ˌsel How to pronounce carousel (audio)
variants or less commonly carrousel
: a tournament or exhibition in which horsemen execute evolutions
: a circular conveyor
the luggage carousel at the airport
: 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
Recent Examples on the Web End of carousel The night before Evelyn was to turn her baby over, on Nov. 29, 2022, the women traveled to Fort Worth and met in person for the first time over a chicken quesadilla dinner. Amber Ferguson, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2024 In the first shot from the carousel, Beckinsale posed in a hospital bed in a pair of cat-print silk pajamas with her pal Jonathan Voluck, who was paying a visit to the star. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 5 Apr. 2024 The first photo in the Instagram carousel was a shot of Waterhouse strumming a guitar with her baby bump partly on display. USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2024 But hiring a coveted coach with basketball pedigree and Southern California ties such as Musselman is a major coup at such a late juncture in the offseason carousel. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2024 In the picture — which served as the cover to a photo carousel commemorating Beyoncé’s appearance at the ceremony — the two Grammy winners are all smiles in complementary black outfits. Kyle Denis, Billboard, 3 Apr. 2024 Here’s what several of Flaherty’s friends and fellow comics said following the news of his death: Adam Sandler Adam Sandler shared his sadness following the news of Flaherty’s death, sharing a carousel of photos of the late comic. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 2 Apr. 2024 End of carousel Berry’s exit comes just as the Rubell Museum D.C. was beginning to find its feet locally. Kriston Capps, Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2024 The carousel featured both recent photos and throwbacks of the couple. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 25 Mar. 2024

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Word History


French carrousel, from Italian carosello

First Known Use

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of carousel was in 1650

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Cite this Entry

“Carousel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants also carrousel
 also  -ˈzel;
 also  -ˌzel

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