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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The departures of Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, and David Davis, the Brexit secretary, this week were only the noisiest revolution of a ministerial carousel that has been spinning since the end of last year (see chart). The Economist, "A quiet revolution in Theresa May’s cabinet," 12 July 2018 Stuff everything into your carry-on, if possible A carry-on won’t get lost, but our insiders also like that — with a carry-on — there’s no waiting around at the carousel once you land. Rick Seaney, Fox News, "6 airline travel tips from experts in the industry," 10 July 2018 When Andre Johnson was catching passes for the Texans, the retired former Pro Bowl wide receiver dealt with frequent quarterback carousels. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Andre Johnson excited about Texans' Deshaun Watson-DeAndre Hopkins passing connection," 10 July 2018 The carousel below offers a look inside another Avalon ship, Avalon Passion. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Deal watch: Avalon Waterways offers free flights to Europe with river cruise bookings," 9 July 2018 Where to watch: Grab a spot on the Boardwalk or any of the city’s many beaches, or watch from the carousel at Steel Pier. Jenna Scherer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best 4th of July Fireworks in the USA," 27 June 2018 Beauty and the Beast, Sunday, 11 a.m. Bright Star Theatre performance includes a carousel token, juice and cookies for the kids after the show. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "Family fun: Free art workshops, Caribbean fests, Lychee celebration," 26 June 2018 The bigger mystery is why, because this is a franchise that needs to find shooting talent to provide spacing for the Blake Griffin-Andre Drummond duo or a replacement for the point guard carousel comprised of Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons NBA draft grades: Analysts give thumbs up," 22 June 2018 The eBook should appear on the device's carousel screen. Scientific American, "How do I read eBooks on my Kindle Fire? (PC users)," 21 June 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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