[<< wiktionary] carnival
== 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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==== See also ====
mardi gras
 Mardi Gras on  Wikipedia.Wikipedia