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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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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“Carousel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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