American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The period of merrymaking and feasting celebrated just before Lent.
- n. A traveling amusement show usually including rides, games, and sideshows.
- n. A festival or revel: winter carnival.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The feast or season of rejoicing before Lent, observed in Roman Catholic countries with public merriment and revelry, feasts, balls, operas, concerts, etc.
- n. Figuratively, feasting or revelry in general.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A festival celebrated with merriment and revelry in Roman Gatholic countries during the week before Lent, esp. at Rome and Naples, during a few days (three to ten) before Lent, ending with Shrove Tuesday.
- n. Any merrymaking, feasting, or masquerading, especially when overstepping the bounds of decorum; a time of riotous excess.
- n. a frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a large public entertainment
- n. a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc.
- n. a festival marked by merrymaking and processions
- From Italian carnevale, from the Latin phrase carnem levāre, to put away meat (Wiktionary)
- Italian carnevale, from Old Italian carnelevare, Shrovetide : carne, meat (from Latin carō, carn-; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots) + levare, to remove (from Latin levāre, to raise). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“However, Zigun -- who says he voted for Obama in 2008 and will probably support him again in 2012 -- does believe the President misspoke when he used the term "carnival barker.”
“For one of the boys, the carnival is always the best thing to happen all year; the other boy is a little afraid of the carnival's presence.”
“A small walk-up eatery that serves what I call carnival-type food.”
“Mr. Martival, however, appears to have thought otherwise, for one night, after what they call their carnival dance here, which every one in the neighborhood had attended, Mr. Martival had the brutality to close his doors against her, and refuse to let her enter the house.”
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“The carnival is the place of madcap entertainment that brings everyone together to celebrate common humanity.”
“The town of Huejotzingo, close to Cholula and famous for its pre-Lenten carnival, is surrounded by apple orchards.”
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