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A carousel ride (1).
A baggage carousel (2) at an airport.
A carousel UI component (4).

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From French carrousel, from Italian carosello, probably from carro (cart), from Latin carrus. Not believed to be related to carousal.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌkærəˈsɛl/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌkæɹəˈsɛl/ IPA(key): /ˈkæɹəsɛl/ IPA(key): /ˌkæɹəˈzɛl/


carousel (plural carousels)

  1. A merry-go-round (type of ride on rotating platform).
  2. A continuously revolving device for item delivery.
    After collecting his suitcase at the baggage carousel, he left the airport.
  3. The rotating glass plate in a microwave oven.
  4. (graphical user interface) A visual component that displays a horizontal series of items one at a time.
  5. An equestrian discipline in which groups of riders make various formations.
  6. (historical) A tilting match or tournament accompanied by games, shows, and allegorical performances.

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carousel (third-person singular simple present carousels, present participle carouseling or carouselling, simple past and past participle carouseled or carouselled)

  1. To revolve or change places.


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