carnival
I. noun Etymology: Italian carnevale, alteration of earlier carnelevare, literally, removal of meat, from carne flesh (from Latin carn-, caro) + levare to remove, from Latin, to raise Date: 1549 1. a season or festival of merrymaking before Lent 2. a. an instance of merrymaking, feasting, or masquerading b. an instance of riotous excess <
a carnival of violence
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3. a. a traveling enterprise offering amusements b. an organized program of entertainment or exhibition ; festival <
a winter carnival
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II. adjective Date: 1605 suggestive of or suited to a carnival <
a carnival atmosphere
>
<
carnival colors
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