carousel

[ kar-uh-sel, kar-uh-sel ]
/ ˌkær əˈsɛl, ˈkær əˌsɛl /

noun

a continuously revolving belt, track or other device on which items are placed for later retrieval: a baggage carousel at an airport.

Origin of carousel

1640–50; < French: kind of tournament < Italian carosello kind of ball game < Neapolitan dialect carusello game played with clay balls, clay ball, literally, little head, equivalent to carus(o) shorn head (perhaps based on the Greek stem kors- shave) + -ello diminutive suffix
Can be confusedcarousel carousal

Definition for carousel (2 of 2)

Carousel

[ kar-uh-sel, kar-uh-sel ]
/ ˌkær əˈsɛl, ˈkær əˌsɛl /

Trademark.

a circular tray in which photographic transparencies are held on a projector and from which they are lowered through slots for projection as the tray is rotated.

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British Dictionary definitions for carousel

carousel

/ (ˌkærəˈsɛl, -ˈzɛl) /

noun

a circular magazine in which slides for a projector are held: it moves round as each slide is shown
a rotating conveyor belt for luggage, as at an airport
US and Canadian a revolving circular platform provided with wooden animals, seats, etc, on which people ride for amusementAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): merry-go-round, roundabout
history a tournament in which horsemen took part in races and various manoeuvres in formation

Word Origin for carousel

C17: from French carrousel, from Italian carosello, of uncertain origin
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