What does carnival mean?

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ˈkɑr nə vəlcar·ni·val

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. carnivalnoun

    a festival marked by merrymaking and processions

  2. circus, carnivalnoun

    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, funfairnoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. carnivalnoun

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

    Etymology: From carnival

  2. Carnivalnoun

    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. Carnivalnoun

    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. Carnivalnoun

    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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  1. Carnival

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  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. John DeVore:

    I love ‘ Star Wars ’ because it's a huge alien and laser gun carnival. ‘ Star Wars ’ isn't Star Wars '. The movies are basically really long, elaborate toy commercials.

  2. 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.

  3. State John Kerry:

    Carnival needs to not discriminate.

  4. Passenger Jordan Moseley:

    All of a sudden we felt the ship rock to one side and then back into place, a few minutes later, the cruise director announced that the Carnival Glory had crashed into our ship while docking due to the high winds and rough ocean conditions in Cozumel.

  5. George Sabra:

    Bashar al-Assad and his regime is the root of the terrorism in Syria, i think what is happening in Vienna these days is a carnival of Middle Eastern states, making statements to meet their interests, not to meet the real problem in Syria.

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