• WordNet 3.6
    • n carousal revelry in drinking; a merry drinking party
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Carousal A jovial feast or festival; a drunken revel; a carouse. "The swains were preparing for a carousal ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n carousal A feast or festival; a noisy drinking-bout or revel.
    • n carousal Synonyms Revel, Carousal, Wassail, Spree, Debauch, Saturnalia, Orgy agree in expressing times of excess in drinking; some of them include other sensual pleasures. They are in the order of strength and consequent reprobation implied. A revel is accompanied with some drunkenness, disorder, and noise. A carousal is by derivation a time of drinking deeply; it may be a bacchanalian feast, a noisy, unrestrained drinking-bout. Wassail is limited by its associations with the past so as to he chiefly poetic or to express deep drinking. Spree is considered a colloquial word, but seems likely to win recognition as a convenient word for a period of drunkenness which incites to wild and reckless action. Debauch is distinctively excess, having less reference now than formerly to eating, applying chiefly to gross lewdness or drunkenness, which is often prolonged. Saturnalia, like wassail, has historical associations; it is a strong word for license, noisy revelry, gross and continued debauchery. Orgy is by derivation a secret nocturnal debauch, and by usage a time of joining in a wild or frantic abandonment to drunkenness or lust, or both—the extreme in that kind of misconduct. See feast.
    • n carousal A tilting-match or similar pageant; military exercises; a tournament in which cavaliers executed various evolutions, sometimes intermingled with allegorical dances and scenic representations.
    • n carousal See carrousel, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Carousal a carouse: a feast
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Carouse, but also cf. F. carrousel, tilt
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. carous, Fr. carrousse—Ger. gar aus, quite out!—that is, empty the glass.


In literature:

The men below were sleeping after their carouse, stretched out on the decks of the proas.
"Anting-Anting Stories" by Sargent Kayme
We were then transported to a country road outside the caserma of the carabinieri; they were carousing and plotting how to take the brigand.
"Castellinaria and Other Sicilian Diversions" by Henry Festing Jones
Toward morning the noise ceased, as they, weary with carousing, one after another, fell into a heavy slumber.
"The New England Magazine, Volume 1, No. 5, Bay State Monthly, Volume 4, No. 5, May, 1886" by Various
While the carousal is thus carried on within the cave, without, the overcast sky begins to discharge itself.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
At midnight he had stumbled home, and throwing himself upon his bed sought to sleep off the effects of his carouse.
"Bert Lloyd's Boyhood" by J. McDonald Oxley
The guests' rooms were filled with gentlemen of the neighborhood, smoking and carousing.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
The sister pleaded with Beach to quit drinking and carousing.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
I flattered him; I caroused with him.
"The Diamond Coterie" by Lawrence L. Lynch
There were no books in these desolate dwellings, no furniture but armor, no pleasures but drinking and carousals.
"William the Conqueror" by Jacob Abbott
When night came the captors celebrated the event by a carousal.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean

In poetry:

Down in some cavern,
Death's sleepy tavern,
Housing, carousing with spectres of night?
There is my right hand!
Grasp it full tight and
Spring to the light.
"Awake!" by George MacDonald
Woe be to him that rises with the light
To drink, and still carouses on, untir'd,
Continuing his jollity, 'till night,
And 'till he's by the long potation fir'd.
"Advice To The Drunkard" by Rees Prichard
Ivy for my fillet band,
Blinding dogwood in my hand,
Hemlock for my sherbet cull me,
And the prussic juice to lull me,
Swing me in the upas boughs,
Vampire-fanned, when I carouse.
"Mithridates" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Permit them not, to revel and carouse —
Permit them not, to swill thy drink, like swine —
Permit them not to smoke, within thy house,
The weed — that makes their backs and bellies pine.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
God help thee, Ruth!--Such pains she had,
That she in half a year was mad,
And in a prison housed;
And there, with many a doleful song
Made of wild words, her cup of wrong
She fearfully caroused.
"Ruth" by William Wordsworth
The Devils' mouths but seldom water,
Yet, sniffing this fat slug of slaughter,
Theirs do, they then this grace begin,
"We have carous'd on king and pope
By dozens; could the worthiest hope
A second course of Ezzelin?"
"On The Descent Into Hell Of Ezzelino Di Napoli" by Walter Savage Landor

In news:

Screams, spells, beats and suds: A guide to Halloween week carousing.
Colombian woman describes night of carousing with agents.
Rodgers hasn't been out ' carousing '.
Carousing bull felled by dart.
The latest charge is that the number of prostitutes involved with agents and military personnel during a night of carousing in Cartegena, Colombia last week may have reached 21.
Set to return once again to Humboldt County for some costume carousing, the downtempo psychedelic-trance duo Shpongle from the United Kingdom will headline an all-ages "Masquerade" on Thursday night at the Arcata Community Center.
A band comes to town, does a soundcheck on its stage for the night, maybe grabs a quick meal of debatable quality, plays a show, then squeezes in some carousing before it is time for its car or van or bus to depart for the next carnival.
Carousing with ghosts and goblins at the 35th annual Village Halloween Parade on Friday can make even the most spirited revelers seek some refreshments.
Set to return once again to Humboldt County for some costume carousing, the downtempo psychedelic- trance duo Shpongle from the United Kingdom will headline an all-ages "Masquerade" on Thursday night at the Arcata Community Center.
Hearty Tex-Mex builds a strong foundation for margarita-fueled carousing.
There was a Christmas cupcake carousal at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library on Wednesday, December 5.
O nce upon a time, when few on Wall Street knew his name, John Paulson was something of a carouser.
Chris Brown and Rihanna are barely trying to hide it anymore -- getting up close and personal at a NYC nightclub late Monday night then carousing at Rihanna's hotel for hours.
Sex, drinking, all manner of carousing — it's shocking what old people are up to these days.
On the night of Jan 30, as tufts of wet snow gathered on nearby parked cars, a stream of bundled carousers poured into Opa.