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- \
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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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Recent Examples on the Web The escapement is a flying carousel, a type of tourbillon that rotates once every 60 minutes around the dial, with the balance wheel in full view. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 5 May 2021 Kids can have a swing at a piñata and take their turns on rides such as a carousel, bumper boats and train. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2021 Experience the Zoo’s attractions including the carousel, traveling exhibitions and up-close encounters with small animal ambassadors. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 9 Apr. 2021 Kid-favorite attractions like the carousel and Ferris wheel won’t be open. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, 31 Mar. 2021 The town boasts crystal clear water, views of Nantucket Sound, a carousel, and spectacular sunset views., 24 Mar. 2021 There are also attractions like pony rides, the 1940s carousel and a John Deere tractor ride. Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2021 Animal shows, interactive exhibits, giraffe feeding, carousel, and model railroad add to the fun. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 1 Mar. 2021 The carousel, a little miracle, spun me down my intermittent Paris years stretching back to the mid-1970s. New York Times, 30 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of carousel was in 1650

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12 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Carousel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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