• WordNet 3.6
    • n carnival a festival marked by merrymaking and processions
    • n carnival a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc.
    • n carnival a frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a large public entertainment "it was so funny it was a circus","the whole occasion had a carnival atmosphere"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1894, the carnival made its debut in North America
    • Carnival A festival celebrated with merriment and revelry in Roman Gatholic countries during the week before Lent, esp. at Rome and Naples, during a few days (three to ten) before Lent, ending with Shrove Tuesday. "The carnival at Venice is everywhere talked of."
    • Carnival Any merrymaking, feasting, or masquerading, especially when overstepping the bounds of decorum; a time of riotous excess. "He saw the lean dogs beneath the wall
      Hold o'er the dead their carnival"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n carnival The feast or season of rejoicing before Lent, observed in Roman Catholic countries with public merriment and revelry, feasts, balls, operas, concerts, etc.
    • n carnival Figuratively, feasting or revelry in general.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Carnival kär′ni-val a feast observed by Roman Catholics just before the fast of Lent: any season of revelry or indulgence: riotous feasting, merriment, or amusement.
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  • George Meredith
    “The season of love is the carnival of egoism and it brings a touchstone to our natures.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. carnevale, prob. for older carnelevale, prop., the putting away of meat; fr. L. caro, carnis, flesh + levare, to take away, lift up, fr. levis, light
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. carnevale—Low L. carnelevarium, apparently from L. carnem levare, to put away flesh.


In literature:

The Romans begin now to talk of the mad gayeties of Carnival, and the Opera is open.
"At Home And Abroad" by Margaret Fuller Ossoli
Fifty poets, during the carnival of 1552, went to Arcueil.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
The carnival lights yet flared, the carnival noise beat, beat.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
There are things in the world which allow of no description, and of such things a true Roman carnival is one.
"Rome in 1860" by Edward Dicey
His next visit was to Venice, where he arrived at the height of the carnival.
"The Great German Composers" by George T. Ferris
In the year 1817 Rossini, Meyerbeer, and Paganini were at Rome during Carnival time, and the trio determined on a grand frolic.
"Great Violinists And Pianists" by George T. Ferris
It was the season of carnival, and nowhere else in Italy were the holidays celebrated with such zest and magnificence.
"The Three Brides, Love in a Cottage, and Other Tales" by Francis A. Durivage
And the spirit of the carnival was upon the company.
"Contrary Mary" by Temple Bailey
Perhaps her carnival proves her frivolous?
"American Adventures" by Julian Street
Other pastimes are carnivals and masquerades.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton

In poetry:

She ran against a resolute
Policeman standing like a wall;
She kissed his feet and asked the route
To where they held the Carnival.
"A Ballad Of A Bun" by Sir Owen Seaman
The eternal suns and systems,
Solid and silent all,
To me are stars of an instant,
Only the fires that fall
From God's good rocket, rising
On this night of carnival.
"A Novelty" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
A mem'ry of Love's hours with gladness pent;
Of Youth and Joy dancing high carnival;
A fading of Love's vision magical;
A parting which Youth's hope with dumb grief rent:
"Impression" by John William Streets
Between the waves there seethes a mimic hell,
Gaping with foam-flecked maw to swallow all—
For who can quench such thirst? or weave a spell
Over the anger of their carnival?
"The Life-Boat" by Alexander Anderson
To be a "princess in disguise,"
And wear a robe of fireflies
All strung and wove together,
And be the cynosure of all
At Madame Haut-ton's carnival,
In fashion's gayest feather.
"Lightning-Bugs" by Hattie Howard
It is enough, I hold thee prisoned in my arms,
And drink the dewy fragrance of thy breath;
And earth, and heaven, and hades, are forgot,
And love holds carnival, and laughs at death.
"Nay, Do Not Ask" by Madge Morris Wagner

In news:

TARBORO — Saturday's windy, cloudy weather didn't keep the SandHill Beagles from having their first Halloween carnival.
Sandra Medford drives the train at the SandHill Beagles Halloween carnival Saturday afternoon as the clouds loomed overhead.
Medford's sister Ann Andrews, founder of SandHill Beagles, planned the carnival.
Sandhill Beagles Halloween carnival.
Haunted house, carnival seek to ' Scare Away Hunger'.
Carnival worker fatally struck by Scat ride in NY.
NEW YORK – A spinning amusement ride whirled into a worker's head and killed him as he stood underneath it at a carnival on New York's Long Island, police and festival organizers said Sunday.
Old Home Week Carnival 2012.
Book a 7-day Carnival Liberty cruise to the western Caribbean for as low as $409.
The Carnival Liberty (Carnival Cruise Lines).
Carnival Cruise Lines offers a seven-night western Caribbean cruise for as little as $409 per person, based on double occupancy.
The Carnival Liberty sails out of the.
Carnival's Costa Allegra Liner Arrives in Seychelles Port After Fire.
Carnival Cruise Ship Towed to Seychelles After Fire in Second Costa Mishap.
In the last few years the Carnival Corp.