Definitions for: Carnival

[n] a festival marked by merrymaking and processions
[n] a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc.
[n] a frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a circus or carnival; "it was so funny it was a circus"; "the whole occasion had a carnival atmosphere"

Webster (1913) Definition: Car"ni*val, n. [It. carnevale, prob. for older
carnelevale, prop., the putting away of meat; fr. L. caro,
carnis, flesh + levare to take away, lift up, fr. levis
1. A festival celebrated with merriment and revelry in Roman
Gatholic countries during the week before Lent, esp. at
Rome and Naples, during a few days (three to ten) before
Lent, ending with Shrove Tuesday.

The carnival at Venice is everywhere talked of.

2. Any merrymaking, feasting, or masquerading, especially
when overstepping the bounds of decorum; a time of riotous
excess. --Tennyson.

He saw the lean dogs beneath the wall Hold o'er the
dead their carnival --Byron.

Synonyms: circus, fair, funfair

See Also: disturbance, Fat Tuesday, festival, fete, Mardi Gras, midway, show

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