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carousel

[ kar-uh-sel, kar-uh-sel ]
/ ˌkær əˈsɛl, ˈkær əˌsɛl /
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noun
a continuously revolving belt, track or other device on which items are placed for later retrieval: a baggage carousel at an airport.
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Sometimes car·rou·sel .

Origin of carousel

First recorded in 1640–50; from French: “kind of tournament,” from Italian carosello “kind of ball game,” from 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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH carousel

carousel , carousal

Other definitions 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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How to use carousel in a sentence

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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