WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
car•ni•val /ˈkɑrnəvəl/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [countable] a traveling amusement show having games, rides, etc.
  2. [countable] a festival: a winter carnival.
  3. the season preceding Lent:[uncountable]We went to Brazil for carnival.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
car•ni•val  (kärnə vəl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a traveling amusement show, having sideshows, rides, etc.
  2. any merrymaking, revelry, or festival, as a program of sports or entertainment:a winter carnival.
  3. the season immediately preceding Lent, often observed with merrymaking;
    Shrovetide.
car′ni•val•esque, carni•val•like′, adj. 
  • Latin levāre to lift
  • Latin carnem, accusative of caro) + levare
  • Italian carnevale, Old Italian carnelevare taking meat away, equivalent. to carne flesh (
  • 1540–50
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fair, celebration, fete, holiday.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

carnival /ˈkɑːnɪvəl/ n
  1. a festive occasion or period marked by merrymaking, processions, etc: esp in some Roman Catholic countries, the period just before Lent
  2. (as modifier): a carnival atmosphere
  3. a travelling fair having merry-go-rounds, etc
  4. a show or display arranged as an amusement
  5. Austral a sports meeting
Etymology: 16th Century: from Italian carnevale, from Old Italian carnelevare a removing of meat (referring to the Lenten fast)



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