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carnival

car·ni·val

carnival

pronunciation:
kar n vl
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a traveling commercial amusement show, usu. offering rides, games of chance, and sideshows.
They went on all the rides at the carnival.
similar words:
circus, fair, festival, puppet show, sideshow
definition 2: an occasion or period of festive revelry, esp. the time just before Lent.
We're excited about going to Brazil during carnival.
synonyms:
Mardi gras
similar words:
celebration, festival, fete, fiesta, masque, masquerade, revelry, revels
Word History
Carnival comes from Latin and means "to stop eating meat." In the 1500s, "carnival" time was the last three days before the Christian season of Lent. It was the last chance to eat meat until Easter.
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The word carnival contains the following part:
carn, carni Latin root that means flesh, body