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) \
variants: or less commonly

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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

The nightly event — which runs through Jan. 5 (closed Dec. 12, 24 and 25) — includes indoor faux-snowball play in the Snowmazium, carousel rides, and select zoo creatures taking center stage at the Alvord Broadleaf Theater each evening. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Holiday sights light up the night at Green Lake, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle and Tacoma zoos," 5 Dec. 2018 The photo that is flooring fans is the second in a carousel post that first features Matt bonding with his son Jeremy. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Matt Roloff's New Instagram of Ember Has Fans Debating Like Crazy," 17 Aug. 2018 In Dawn of the Dead, zombies wander through a giant freestanding mall, tripping and falling into the fountain, or rotating haplessly on the escalators as a carousel-esque soundtrack plays. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Why zombies are so hilarious," 5 Dec. 2018 Truth is, the Cardinals were diminished the moment Kurt Warner retired, rolling through a succession plan that was more like a clown carousel. Dan Bickley, azcentral, "Bickley: Cardinals must take the plunge and move up to get their next impact quarterback," 22 Mar. 2018 Zoolights, a longtime tradition at Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, features light sculptures of animals and Northwest landmarks, camel rides, a vintage carousel, and drinks and treats at the cafe and kiosks throughout the zoo. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Holiday sights light up the night at Green Lake, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle and Tacoma zoos," 5 Dec. 2018 From vintage carousels to artsy hot spots, D.C. offers something for everyone. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The best things to do with kids in 13 U.S. cities," 20 Nov. 2018 Chiara Ferragni had a custom made amusement park, including a ferris wheel and carousel, at her wedding in Sicily. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Weekend Has an Unusual Twist," 11 Sep. 2018 Oddly, the timing could present Indy with a unique opportunity to pick off a candidate who might emerge as a top candidate on next year’s coaching carousel. USA TODAY, "Colts GM Chris Ballard: 'The rivalry is back on' after Josh McDaniels saga," 7 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'carousel.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of carousel

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for carousel

French carrousel, from Italian carosello

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about carousel

Dictionary Entries near carousel








Statistics for carousel

Last Updated

10 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for carousel

The first known use of carousel was in 1650

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for carousel



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\

Kids Definition of carousel

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on carousel

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with carousel

Spanish Central: Translation of carousel

Nglish: Translation of carousel for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of carousel for Arabic Speakers

Comments on carousel

What made you want to look up carousel? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a flaw that causes the downfall of a hero

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Green Quiz

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!