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From French carnaval, from Italian carnevale, from the Latin phrase carnem levāre, to put away meat


carnival ‎(plural carnivals)

  1. A festive occasion marked by parades and sometimes special foods and other entertainment.
    • 2013 June 7, David Simpson, “Fantasy of navigation”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 36: 
      Like most human activities, ballooning has sponsored heroes and hucksters and a good deal in between. For every dedicated scientist patiently recording atmospheric pressure and wind speed while shivering at high altitudes, there is a carnival barker with a bevy of pretty girls willing to dangle from a basket or parachute down to earth.
    We all got to ride the merry-go-round when the brought their carnival to town.
    When the carnival came to town, every one wanted some cotton candy.
  2. (US) a traveling amusement park, called a funfair in UK English.

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