Definitions for carnivalˈkɑr nə vəl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
car•ni•valˈkɑr nə vəl(n.)
a traveling amusement show having sideshows and rides.
a winter carnival of sports and games.
the season immediately preceding Lent, often observed with merrymaking.
Origin of carnival:
1540–50; < It carnevale, early It carnelevare taking meat away =carne flesh +levare < L levāre to lift
a festival marked by merrymaking and processions
a frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a large public entertainment
"it was so funny it was a circus"; "the whole occasion had a carnival atmosphere"
carnival, fair, funfair(noun)
a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc.
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
carnival(noun)ˈkɑr nə vəl
an outdoor fair with rides, games, etc.
when the carnival comes to town
carnivalˈkɑr nə vəl
a set of yearly events including parades and dancing in the streets; = mardi gras
A festive occasion marked by parades and sometimes special foods and other entertainment
The season just before the beginning of the Roman Catholic season of Lent, when New Orleans has its Mardi Gras carnival.
Origin: From carnival
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
any merrymaking, feasting, or masquerading, especially when overstepping the bounds of decorum; a time of riotous excess
Carnival, Carnaval, or Carnivale is a festive season which occurs immediately before Lent; the main events are usually during February. Carnival typically involves a public celebration or parade combining some elements of a circus, mask and public street party. People often dress up or masquerade during the celebrations, which mark an overturning of daily life. Carnival is traditionally held in areas with a large Catholic and, to a lesser extent, Eastern Orthodox makeup. Protestant areas usually do not have Carnival celebrations or have modified traditions, such as the Danish Carnival or other Shrove Tuesday events. Conversely, the Philippines, a predominantly Roman Catholic country, does not have Carnival celebrations as they are more culturally influenced by neighboring Asian nations, which do not have Carnival celebrations.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
in Roman Catholic countries the name given to a season of feasting and revelry immediately preceding Lent, akin to the Saturnalia of the Romans.
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Translations for carnival
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a public entertainment, often involving processions of people in fancy dress etc
a winter carnival.
- كَرنفال: احْتِفال مَسيرات عُموميArabic
- carnavalPortuguese (BR)
- der Karneval, FaschingGerman
- کارناوال؛ جشنوارهFarsi
- रोमन कैथोलिक लोगों का एक उत्सवHindi
- kjötkveðjuhátíð, karnivalIcelandic
- 대중 축제Korean
- کارناوال؛ جشنوارهPersian
- مېله، سات تېرىPashto
- 狂歡節，嘉年華會Chinese (Trad.)
- رنگ برنگے لباس پہنے ہوئے لوگوں کا میلہUrdu
- ngày hộiVietnamese
- 狂欢节，嘉年华会Chinese (Simp.)
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