WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
Fa•sching  (fäshing),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Religiona carnival celebration that precedes Lent in German-speaking countries and communities;
    Shrovetide.
[1910–15;
G, orig. Bavarian and Austrian dial.;
MHG vaschanc, vastschang, perh. equiv. to vast- Lent (G Fasten;
see fast2) + schanc distribution or pouring of drinks, referring to the dispensing of liquor prohibited during Lent]

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