from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A traveling amusement show; a carnival.
  • n. Informal One who works with a carnival.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who works in a carnival.
  • n. The jargon used by carnival workers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See carney.


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