Definitions

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

  • n. A riotous drinking party.
  • n. Boisterous drunken merrymaking or revelry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A noisy feast with much alcohol consumption.
  • n. A loud and noisy social gathering.
  • n. Joining with friends to drink alcohol.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A jovial feast or festival; a drunken revel; a carouse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A feast or festival; a noisy drinking-bout or revel.
  • n. Synonyms Revel, Carousal, Wassail, Spree, Debauch, Saturnalia, Orgy agree in expressing times of excess in drinking; some of them include other sensual pleasures. They are in the order of strength and consequent reprobation implied. A revel is accompanied with some drunkenness, disorder, and noise. A carousal is by derivation a time of drinking deeply; it may be a bacchanalian feast, a noisy, unrestrained drinking-bout. Wassail is limited by its associations with the past so as to he chiefly poetic or to express deep drinking. Spree is considered a colloquial word, but seems likely to win recognition as a convenient word for a period of drunkenness which incites to wild and reckless action. Debauch is distinctively excess, having less reference now than formerly to eating, applying chiefly to gross lewdness or drunkenness, which is often prolonged. Saturnalia, like wassail, has historical associations; it is a strong word for license, noisy revelry, gross and continued debauchery. Orgy is by derivation a secret nocturnal debauch, and by usage a time of joining in a wild or frantic abandonment to drunkenness or lust, or both—the extreme in that kind of misconduct. See feast.
  • n. A tilting-match or similar pageant; military exercises; a tournament in which cavaliers executed various evolutions, sometimes intermingled with allegorical dances and scenic representations.
  • n. See carrousel, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. revelry in drinking; a merry drinking party

Etymologies

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carouse +‎ -al

Examples

  • Now when the carousal was at an end, Al – Amin commanded one of his servants to fill the boat, wherein Ja’afar had come, with dirhams and dinars and all manner of jewels and jacinths and rich raiment and goods galore.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • When the order of "boot and saddle" was given by Habershaw, the several members of the troop repaired to their horses, where a short time was spent in making ready for the march; after which the whole squad returned to the porch and occupied the few moments of delay in that loud and boisterous carousal which is apt to mark the conduct of such an ill-organized body in the interval immediately preceding the commencement of a day's ride.

    Horse-Shoe Robinson: A Tale of the Tory Ascendency.

  • Personally, I don't know why they can't find a new vendor for a small group of amusement park rides: A Ferris wheel, carousal, etc - stuff that every age can enjoy, along with a few carnival games.

    Sunday Op/Ed: Don’t Put the Chihuly Museum at Seattle Center « PubliCola

  • And of course, when the bleeding remnants of Bob and Nicky were sent packing in their skiff, the event must needs be celebrated in further carousal.

    Chapter 11

  • "I know exactly what you mean," Data said, clearing the evidence of last night's carousal into the recycler.

    The Beast That Resembles A Poem(A Handy Resource for Architects,Engineers, and Students)

  • Dimenon, looking untouched by the previous evening's carousal, arrived in the main dome with Margit, both suited up and ready to return to their base.

    Cattle Town

  • I mean, what would “a small battery-powered carousal” look like?

    Actual sentences from actual students | clusterflock

  • No, I think I will stick to the carousal and at least my family will gladly ride with me.

    02 « July « 2007 « Adventures in Juggling

  • His friend of Schwytz, after his example ate drank and spoke more than usual; while the rest of the deputies pushed their meal to the verge of a carousal.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • “By my faith, it may well be,” answered Kilian; “the burghers of Bale gave them full means of carousal.”

    Anne of Geierstein

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  • carrousel

    a merry-go-round and a round of merry (festival)

    February 5, 2013

  • My baby came to me lately

    'Honey, please don't take this bad, but maybe

    When you laid me

    Could we try to spice it up?'

    I looked across the table

    First to see if she was joking

    No joke

    There was no flicker

    Just a girl who wanted more

    Than meat and potatoes

    She may stop at whips and chains

    She needs carousal

    More arousal

    A bit of pain.

    (Meat and potatoes, by Belle and Sebastian)

    February 4, 2009