Definitions for carnivalˈkɑr nə vəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

car•ni•valˈkɑr nə vəl(n.)

  1. a traveling amusement show having sideshows and rides.

  2. a festival:

    a winter carnival of sports and games.

  3. 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

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.

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. carnival(noun)ˈkɑr nə vəl

    an outdoor fair with rides, games, etc.

    when the carnival comes to town

  2. carnivalˈkɑr nə vəl

    a set of yearly events including parades and dancing in the streets; = mardi gras

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

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.

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.

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  1. Carnival

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Translations for carnival

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

carnival(noun)

a public entertainment, often involving processions of people in fancy dress etc

a winter carnival.

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