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[kuh-rou-zuh l]
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  1. a noisy or drunken feast or social gathering; revelry.
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Origin of carousal

First recorded in 1755–65; carouse + -al2
Can be confusedcarousel carousal
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Historical Examples

  • The sun, however, rose on their carousal, if the tradition of the land may be trusted.'

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 451


  • We tried to call on the "King," but as he was enjoying a carousal, he could not receive us.

    Reminiscences of Queensland

    William Henry Corfield

  • Have you collected the provisions for the carousal of the millions?

  • Every now and then he gets upon a carousal, and keeps it up for days, sometimes weeks.

  • But I have not yet mentioned all that contributes to the pleasures of an Eastern carousal.

British Dictionary definitions for carousal


  1. a merry drinking party
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Word Origin and History for carousal


1735, from carouse (v.) + -al (2). The earlier noun was simply carouse "a drinking bout" (1550s).

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