- The definition of carnival is the time before Lent when people celebrate with parties and large meals.
An example of carnival is Mardi Gras.
- A carnival is defined as a group of traveling performers, sideshow attractions and rides.
An example of a carnival is a traveling amusement park.
A carnival parade in Germany.
- the period of feasting and revelry just before Lent
- a reveling or time of revelry; festivity; merrymaking
- a time or place of excess, vitality, chaos, etc.
- a traveling commercial entertainment with sideshows, rides, games, etc.
- an organized program of festivities, contests, etc.: a winter sports carnival
Origin of carnival; from French carnaval (or Italian carnevale) ; from Medieval Latin carnelevarium ; from an unverified form carnem levare, to remove meat (see harvest and amp; lever); associated, association by folk etymology with Medieval Latin carne vale, “Flesh, farewell!” ; from Classical Latin caro, flesh + vale: see valediction
- often Carnival The period of merrymaking and feasting celebrated just before Lent.
- A traveling amusement show usually including rides, games, and sideshows.
- A festival or revel: winter carnival.
Origin of carnivalItalian carnevale, from Old Italian carnelevare, Shrovetide : carne, meat (from Latin carō, carn-; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots) + levare, to remove (from Latin levāre, to raise; see legwh- in Indo-European roots).
- A festive occasion marked by parades and sometimes special foods and other entertainment.
- 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.
- (US English) a traveling amusement park, called a funfair in UK English.
- The season just before the beginning of the Roman Catholic season of Lent, when New Orleans has its Mardi Gras carnival.