Mardi-gras definition

märdē grä
An occasion of great festivity and merrymaking.
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Shrove Tuesday, celebrated as a holiday in many places with carnivals, masquerade balls, and parades of costumed merrymakers.
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A carnival period coming to a climax on this day.
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Shrove Tuesday, the last day before Lent: it is a day of merrymaking and carnival, as in New Orleans, often marking the climax of a carnival period.
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Alternative form of Mardi Gras.
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Origin of mardi-gras

  • French mardi Tuesday gras fat (from the feasting on Mardi Gras before Lenten fasting)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition