What does carnival mean?

Definitions for carnival
ˈkɑr nə vəlcar·ni·val

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. carnival(noun)

    a festival marked by merrymaking and processions

  2. carnival, fair, funfair(noun)

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

  3. 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"

Wiktionary

  1. carnival(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From carnival

  2. Carnival(ProperNoun)

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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Carnival(noun)

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

    Etymology: [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.

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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

Examples of carnival in a Sentence

  1. Phil Mickelson:

    I know it is a fine line between testing the best players to the greatest degree and then making it carnival golf, the USGA (U.S. Golf Association) are doing the best they can to find that line, and a lot of times they do, and sometimes they cross over it.

  2. Donald Trump:

    We know many of the same people in NY. Behind your back they laugh at you call you a carnival barking clown, they know you inherited a fortune squandered it with stupid deals and incompetence.

  3. Antonio Pedro Figueira de Mello:

    The governor said there is no risk of water shortages in the short term and Cedae (Rio's water utility) said the city won't run out of water during Carnival, but there is always concern, the situation is serious and we need to conserve water.

  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. Henriette Reker:

    We have to explain to people from other cultures that the jolly and frisky attitude during our Carnival is not a sign of sexual openness.

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