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1. often Carnival The period of merrymaking and feasting celebrated just before Lent.
2. A traveling amusement show usually including rides, games, and sideshows.
3. A festival or revel: winter carnival.

[Italian carnevale, from Old Italian carnelevare, Shrovetide : carne, meat (from Latin carō, carn-; see sker- in Indo-European roots) + levare, to remove (from Latin levāre, to raise; see legwh- in Indo-European roots).]


a. a festive occasion or period marked by merrymaking, processions, etc: esp in some Roman Catholic countries, the period just before Lent
b. (as modifier): a carnival atmosphere.
2. a travelling fair having merry-go-rounds, etc
3. a show or display arranged as an amusement
4. Austral a sports meeting
[C16: from Italian carnevale, from Old Italian carnelevare a removing of meat (referring to the Lenten fast)]


(ˈkɑr nə vəl)

1. a traveling amusement show having sideshows and rides.
2. a festival: a winter carnival of sports and games.
3. the season immediately preceding Lent, often observed with merrymaking.
[1540–50; < Italian carnevale, early Italian carnelevare taking meat away =carne flesh + levare < Latin levāre to lift]


1. 'fair'

In British English, a fair is an event held in a park or field at which people pay to ride on various machines for amusement or try to win prizes in games.

...all the fun of the fair, with dodgem cars, stalls, candy floss and children's rides.
2. 'carnival'

In American English, an event like this is called a carnival.

It reminds me of when the carnival came to Hudson Falls, N.Y., when I was a boy.

In British English, a carnival is an outdoor public festival which is held every year in a particular place. During a carnival, music is played and people sometimes dance in the streets.

The Notting Hill Carnival in August is the largest street festival in Europe.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.carnival - a festival marked by merrymaking and processionscarnival - a festival marked by merrymaking and processions
festival, fete - an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place); "a drama festival"
Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras - a carnival held in some countries on Shrove Tuesday (the last day before Lent) but especially in New Orleans
2.carnival - a frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a large public entertainment; "it was so funny it was a circus"; "the whole occasion had a carnival atmosphere"
disturbance - the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
3.carnival - a traveling showcarnival - a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc.
show - the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining; "a remarkable show of skill"
midway - the place at a fair or carnival where sideshows and similar amusements are located


1. festival, fair, fête, celebration, gala, jubilee, jamboree, Mardi Gras, revelry, merrymaking, fiesta, holiday The town is best known for its carnivals with masked balls and firework processions.
2. funfair circus a carnival with rides and games
كَرْنَفَالكَرنفال: احْتِفال مَسيرات عُمومي
kjötkveîjuhátíî, karnival
ngày hội


A. Ncarnaval m (US) → parque m de atracciones
B. CPD carnival queen Nreina f del carnaval or de la fiesta


[ˈkɑːrnɪvəl] n
(= public celebration) → carnaval m
(US) (= funfair) → fête foraine


nVolksfest nt; (= village carnival etc)Schützenfest nt; (based on religion) → Karneval m
attrFest-, Karnevals-; carnival processionFest-/Karnevalszug m


[ˈkɑːnɪvl] n (public celebration) → carnevale m (Am) (funfair) → luna park m inv


(ˈkaːnivəl) noun
a public entertainment, often involving processions of people in fancy dress etc. a winter carnival.


كَرْنَفَال karneval karneval Karneval καρναβάλι carnaval, feria karnevaali carnaval karneval carnevale カーニバル 카니발 carnaval karneval karnawał carnaval карнавал karneval งานฉลองของมวลชน karnaval ngày hội 狂欢节
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