== English ==
=== Etymology ===
From French carnaval, from Italian carnevale, possibly from the Latin phrase carnem levāmen ("meat dismissal"). Other scholars suggest Latin carnuālia ("meat-based country feast") or carrus navālis ("boat wagon", "float") instead.
=== Pronunciation ===
(General American) IPA(key): /ˈkæɹnɪvəl/, /kɑɹnəˈvɑl/ (referring to specific festivals in various countries)
=== Noun ===
carnival (plural carnivals)
Any of a number of festivals held just before the beginning of Lent.
A festive occasion marked by parades and sometimes special foods and other entertainment.
(US) A traveling amusement park, called a funfair in British English.
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Mardi Gras on Wikipedia.Wikipedia