carnival glass

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A carnival glass vase

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So called because it was sometimes given as prizes at carnivals and fairgrounds.

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carnival glass (uncountable)

  1. A type of glassware dating from the early 20th century, notable for lustrous colors.
    • 1983, Ford Times, vol. 76, no. 4, p. 23:
      Consider, for example, the phenomenon of carnival glass. Known also as taffeta glass, it got its more popular name from the fact it was once given away as prizes in carnivals.

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