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
light.]
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.
--Addison.

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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