merry-go-round

noun mer·ry-go-round \ ˈmer-ē-gō-ˌrau̇nd , -gə- \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of merry-go-round

1 a : an amusement park ride with seats often in the form of animals (such as horses) revolving about a fixed center
  • The children grabbed each other by the hand and danced off in the direction of the merry-go-round, toward the wonderful music and the wonderful adventure and the wonderful excitement …
  • —E. B. White
called also carousel
b : a children's playground apparatus consisting of a platform that revolves about a fixed center
  • And every day at recess, Reuben would push us on the merry-go-round on the playground. He would push us really fast, and we all thought Reuben made recess great fun—as long as we held on tight and didn't fall off as we whirled around.
  • —Terri Auchter
2 : a cycle of activity that is complex, fast-paced, or difficult to break out of
  • the corporate merry-go-round

First Known Use of merry-go-round

1729

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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MERRY-GO-ROUND Defined for English Language Learners

merry-go-round

Definition of merry-go-round for English Language Learners

  • : a large round platform that turns around in a circle and has seats and figures of animals (such as horses) on which children sit for a ride

  • : a set or series of repeated activities that are quick, confusing, or difficult to leave


MERRY-GO-ROUND Defined for Kids

merry-go-round

noun mer·ry-go-round \ ˈmer-ē-gō-ˌrau̇nd \

Definition of merry-go-round for Students

: a round platform that spins and has seats and figures of animals on which people sit for a ride


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