Mardi-gras meaning

mär'dē grä'
An occasion of great festivity and merrymaking.
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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