What does carnival mean?

Definitions for carnivalˈkɑr nə vəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. carnival(noun)

    a festival marked by merrymaking and processions

  2. circus, carnival(noun)

    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"

  3. carnival, fair, funfair(noun)

    a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc.

Wiktionary

  1. carnival(Noun)

    A festive occasion marked by parades and sometimes special foods and other entertainment

  2. Carnival(ProperNoun)

    The season just before the beginning of the Roman Catholic season of Lent, when New Orleans has its Mardi Gras carnival.

  3. Origin: From carnival

Webster Dictionary

  1. Carnival(noun)

    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

  2. Carnival(noun)

    any merrymaking, feasting, or masquerading, especially when overstepping the bounds of decorum; a time of riotous excess

  3. Origin: [It. carnevale, prob. for older carnelevale, prop., the putting away of meat; fr. L. caro, carnis, flesh + levare to take away, lift up, fr. levis light.]

Freebase

  1. Carnival

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Carnival

    kär′ni-val, n. a feast observed by Roman Catholics just before the fast of Lent: any season of revelry or indulgence: riotous feasting, merriment, or amusement. [It. carnevale—Low L. carnelevarium, apparently from L. carnem levare, to put away flesh.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Carnival

    in Roman Catholic countries the name given to a season of feasting and revelry immediately preceding Lent, akin to the Saturnalia of the Romans.

CrunchBase

  1. Carnival

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of carnival in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of carnival in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Peter King:

    Shutting down the federal government and reading Dr. Seuss on the Senate floor are the marks of a carnival barker not the leader of the free world.

  2. Patrick Souza:

    Like soccer, Carnival is becoming a party for the rich, and that's a real shame because it's the poor who have always made up the heart of Carnival.

  3. Fernando Horta:

    Carnival is like soccer these days. If you want to win you need money for the best choreographers, set designers and costumes ... The best are all professionals now.

  4. Peter Fitzgerald:

    You are perhaps the most accomplished confidence man since Charles Ponzi. I'd say you were a carnival barker, but that wouldn't be fair to carnival barkers. to former Enron CEO Keny Lay

  5. Raquel Santos:

    Carnival is synonymous with partying, and animals are too. They give us so much happiness, i couldn't wait for this. Now that I see them all cute and dressed up, I want to squeeze them all.

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