[ kahr-nuh-vuhl ]
/ ˈkɑr nə vəl /
a traveling amusement show, having sideshows, rides, etc.
any merrymaking, revelry, or festival, as a program of sports or entertainment: a winter carnival.
the season immediately preceding Lent, often observed with merrymaking; Shrovetide.
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Origin of carnival
1540–50; < Italian carnevale, Old Italian carnelevare taking meat away, equivalent to carne flesh (< Latin carnem, accusative of caro) + levare < Latin levāre to lift
OTHER WORDS FROM carnivalcar·ni·val·esque, car·ni·val·like, adjectivepre·car·ni·val, adjective
Words nearby carnival
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Example sentences from the Web for carnivalesque
Her first feature, Orphans , received a Jury Prize at the 2007 SXSW Film Festival and was released on DVD by Carnivalesque Films.
The Florentines at any rate spend no more money nor faith on the carnivalesque.Italian Hours|Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for carnivalesque (1 of 2)
/ (ˌkɑːnɪvəˈlɛsk) /
characteristic of, suitable for, or like a carnival
British Dictionary definitions for carnivalesque (2 of 2)
/ (ˈkɑːnɪvəl) /
- a festive occasion or period marked by merrymaking, processions, etc: esp in some Roman Catholic countries, the period just before Lent
- (as modifier)a carnival atmosphere
a travelling fair having merry-go-rounds, etc
a show or display arranged as an amusement
Australian a sports meeting
Word Origin for carnival
C16: from Italian carnevale, from Old Italian carnelevare a removing of meat (referring to the Lenten fast)
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