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- How to pronounce carousel (audio) \
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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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Airport surveillance footage showed her rolling her luggage past a baggage carousel in the early morning hours. Madeline Holcombe And Dakin Andone, CNN, "Neighbor says she smelled gas from fire at a home police searched in the case of missing Utah student," 28 June 2019 This is opening day, and there are a dozen restaurants waiting inside, beyond the flower carousel and the grandly sweeping escalators and the giant, shiny Jeff Koons statue of Popeye, which casino mogul Steve Wynn purchased for $28 million. Globe Staff,, "Our food critic ate her way through the Encore Boston casino so you don’t have to," 25 June 2019 That will be a future where movie theaters still matter—where presenting something special, outside of the carousel of options on your TV screen, might be enough to justify a $15 ticket. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Netflix Is a Business, Not a Movement," 24 June 2019 The offseason coaching carousel saw 27 head coach jobs change hands, and some are coming into better situations than others. The Si Staff,, "Which First-Year Coach Is in the Best Position to Make an Impact in 2019?," 17 June 2019 Because the coaching carousel had essentially slowed to a halt by mid-May, the first few days would be especially crucial. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "How Michigan rallied to save Franz Wagner's recruitment, after John Beilein left," 22 May 2019 The nonprofit’s second annual Family Fun Day at Palm Beach Zoo included a lunch buffet, picnic in the park, carousel rides, raffle prizes, close encounters with the animals and more 50 families. Krislyn Placide,, "Palm Beach Zoo partners with Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope to treat families to fun," 27 June 2019 Animal Recovery Mission said its new video shows workers abusing adult cows behind the scenes at Fair Oaks Farms at a milking carousel at the popular agritourism destination about 70 miles (113 kilometers) south of Chicago. Washington Post, "New video shows adult cows being abused at Indiana farm," 12 June 2019 The new video shows employees punching adult cows, striking them with metal poles and apparently breaking the tails of some uncooperative cows the workers are trying to load into the carousel. Washington Post, "New video shows adult cows being abused at Indiana farm," 12 June 2019

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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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