carnival

[ kahr-nuh-vuhl ]
/ ˈkɑr nə vəl /

noun

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.

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

Related forms

car·ni·val·esque, car·ni·val·like, adjectivepre·car·ni·val, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for carnivalesque (1 of 2)

carnivalesque

/ (ˌkɑːnɪvəˈlɛsk) /

adjective

characteristic of, suitable for, or like a carnival

British Dictionary definitions for carnivalesque (2 of 2)

carnival

/ (ˈkɑːnɪvəl) /

noun

  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
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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